When we talk about accessibility, one of the first things we hear is providing keyboard access. This is all well if there is a keyboard. But have you wondered what is the situation when somebody uses a touch screen, for example an iPhone? To make matters even more confusing, these days we hear that the iPhone or the iPad is one of the most accessible devices for people with disabilities.
When testing the accessibility of a web site, I'm very often faced by the situation that something is not accessible due to a widget or third party component developers use. If you want to ensure a site's accessibility, it can become very costly if you have to replace a component which otherwise fits nicely into your site or application.
You can save lot's of money and work time if you assess the accessibility of widgets and other components before you start your project.
There are instances when it is necessary to open a page in a new window when the user activates a link. It is important to inform the user about it. I will give you a couple of ideas of doing it to keep a solution accessible.
A free screen reader can come in handy in so many instances:
- You need to test a web site or software with screen readers
- You want to understand how blind people use the computer
- Commercial screen readers are too expensive and you need a cost effective alternative
Here I will discuss the most popular free screen reader programs and will show you where to get it from.
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Have you spent hours after hours browsing the structure of your PDF document just to ensure that it is Section 508 compliant?
Did you ever get frustrated because it took you to patch it up longer than writing the original document?
You can save yourself some major time and headache when you get the legwork done in the source document.
You have designed a table which contains many fillable forms, edit fields, or checkboxes. This table is pretty huge, and you want to make sure that it is accessible. You don't need to spend hours on labeling each field, especially if the table is not automatically generated.
Last time we checked if CAPTCHA is Section 508 compliant. Now let's see what WCAG says about it.
CAPTCHA is as Section 508 compliant as you make it to be. It can certainly be done. In this post we will review those Section 508 standards which are relevant when creating a CAPTCHA solution. At this point, we will only concentrate on the current Section 508 standards, not on the proposed recommendations, as they may change before they legally become effective.
In countless situations we use abbreviations, some are more, some are less obvious or commonly understood.
When it comes to the internet, it is a good idea to provide the full meaning of an abbreviation. But in reality, it is not that clear cut. I will provide a couple of ideas on when and how to provide the full phrases.