WHAT IS ACCESSIBILITY?
Digital accessibility refers to the ability of users with disabilities to effectively use information technology (IT) systems including websites, mobile or web-based applications, software, and hardware. Digital accessibility is generally concerned with ensuring that IT systems are designed in such a way that they interact appropriately with assistive technologies.
Assistive technologies can include:
- Screen readers, Braille keypads, or screen magnification software so users who are blind or low vision can read your content.
- Voice recognition software that helps those with mobility disabilities (even arthritis) navigate the web and type using only their voice.
- Head pointers and switch devices that allow those with more limited movement navigate without using their hands or a traditional mouse.
RESPONSIBLE WEB ANIMATION
Since the arrival of HTML5, the web has seen a tremendous increase in complex animations. Whether they are decorative or explanatory, animations must be built with accessibility in mind. Animations can have detrimental effects for some users.
WRITING MEANINGFUL ALT TEXT
The webinar participants had some great questions, and you’ll find detailed answers below. For more information, you can access the webinar slides, CART transcript, and recording here: Quick Tips for Writing Meaningful Alt Text (Even If You’re Not a Writer).
Some of our elders remember the days when a computer filled an entire room. Now, we have computers in our pockets. So many aspects of our lives are made easier by technology.
Yet, those with disabilities are often left out when hardware, software, websites, and apps are designed without a thought for their needs.
- A tablet at the doctor’s office has a sign-in program that disables the pinch-to-zoom feature, making it impossible for a woman with low vision to fill out her medical history.
- An online learning portal uses automatically-generated captions on their videos, leaving a deaf student at a loss for words. Literally.
- A retail website does not include alt text on their product images, so a shopper who is blind cannot “see” what the images show about the laptop bag he wants to buy.
By some estimates, one in five people has a disability that affects their daily life. Having equal access to technology has a profound, enabling effect for people with disabilities.
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ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVES UX
Level Access’s Tim Springer will share why making your content accessible improves the user experience for all users. This presentation will cover: Why accessibility matters, What happens when websites aren’t accessible, What is universal design?
WRITING MEANINGFUL ALT TEXT
Alternative text is a key part of making a website accessible to people who are blind or low vision. Without alt text, these users will not get the same information as sighted users. While alt text seems fairly easy, many people struggle to write meaningful alt text
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NOT ACCESSIBLE? THAT'S RISKY BUSINESS.
The #1 reason motivating most of our clients. (It's okay if that's what gets you in the door.) Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a demand letter or lawsuit.
People with disabilities want to shop, bank, travel, and learn too! Ignore accessibility and you ignore these customers, clients, or constituents.
Accessibility cases are also tried in the court of public opinion. Word spreads quickly in the community when an organization values accessibility—or doesn't.