Accessibility Related Articles
The following articles address different aspects of accessibility. The purpose of this section is to increase the awareness of accessibility, and to explain commonly encountered, but rarely discussed problems.
Making your website accessible to people with disabilities is a continuous process. When you have made your site as accessible as possible, you need to do certain steps to maintain its accessibility. These steps, however, are relatively easy and they do not cost much.
Here are the things you can do to ensure your web site maintains accessibility.
Accessibility presents a lot of benefits both to developers and users of websites. But what most people do not know is that accessibility also provides a set of advantages that can affect other major fields of practice.
Take the concept of usability for instance. Generally, accessibility has principles which, if implemented correctly, can greatly increase the usability of a site.
In this article we will examine how audio transcription is prepared, and see how it can benefit accessibility.
Let's examine the costs and benefits of Section 508 compliance. Before we start selling to the Federal Government or working on one of its development, it is worth looking into what will cost us, what's necessary, and what kinds of benefits can we expect when we want to bring our products to Section 508 compliance.
A milestone for the advocacy of the rights of persons with disabilities is now steadily gaining worldwide acceptance and support. This is known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) refers to a document focusing on international human rights of people with disabilities. It was created by the United Nations and is being monitored by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
There are many situations when companies are willing to make their web sites accessible, but they do not have the finances. Of course, the answer is obvious, an accessible web site will extend your market and you will have more finances. But what happens if this is still out of the reach of a small business? I will give you a couple of ideas on how you can improve your site's accessibility without finances.
When posting documents on web sites, they have to follow the same accessibility requirements that the site does. For example, when the web site needs to comply with Section 508, PDF documents do too. There are a few things which I find are often overlooked when creating accessible PDF documents, in the following you can read about those and ensure that you address those issues as well.
When you create your Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), it is your chance to let procurement agents know in detail about the accessibility of your product, and show how you differ from your competition. Often times, when your competition offers similar functionality, Section 508 compliance itself can be the only deciding factor. In this article, I will show you how to put together a VPAT which effectively communicates the accessibility of your product. In addition, you can also view and download a blank VPAT that you can fill out yourself.
In many cases we can see web sites linking to a text-only version. Both Section 508 and WCAG allow the use of text-only alternatives, as opposed to making a site accessible by default. While it seems to be very appealing in certain cases in order to take a shortcut to full accessibility, it appears to cause much more trouble than good. Besides, it is also not elective to use a text-only version, it is an option in certain circumstances.
Recently I have posted a series of blog items about how people with different kinds of disabilities use the computer. While this list is still expected to grow, below you can find this collection at one place.