Start with Beginning to Demystify ARIA, a dev.to blog post by Lindsey Kopacz for a good introduction to what ARIA is, and what ARIA is not.
News & Updates
Anyone who relies on a keyboard to navigate the web knows exactly how important those little ‘Skip Navigation’ links are. If you need convincing, check out Nicholas Steenhout’s latest blog post on Knowbility: Skip Links are Important
It was hard to keep track of what was happening on the digital accessibility law front in 2018. Here’s a nice recap from Educause Review’s Jarret Cummings entitled Digital Accessibility Law and Regulation: Current Status and What to Do About It
When we talk about web accessibility we talk quite a bit about color contrast, but contrast isn’t the only consideration. In this blog post entitled Designing UI with Color Blind Users in Mind, Rich Staats at Secret Stache goes over the different types of color blindness, the careful use of patterns, textures, and labels to improve access to graphical content, and things to thing about with buttons, labels, and symbols.
Although WebAIM is my go-to source for screen reader questions, I am always looking for good tips for using JAWS and NVDA. This recent blog post titled Cheat Sheet: Screen Reader Commands for JAWS, NVDA Web by Jyoti Verma on Barrier Break has some really nifty tips.
In this EnvatoTuts blog post from Carie Fisher titled Designing Accessible Content: Typography, Font Styling, and Structure you’ll find great tips for making your textual content more accessible, including tips for font choice, font sizing and style, color contrast, and layout.
We talk a lot about the importance of keyboard focus when it comes to web accessibility. In a recent blog post entitled Focusing on Focus Styles Eric Bailey goes over the CSS techniques that will allow you to add accessible focus styles to all of your mouse and touch input elements so that people who use a keyboard, a mouse, a switch control, a mouth stick, or other assistive device can successfully interact with your page.
You may have heard about the new content editor that will be rolling out to WordPress sites with version 5.0, and if you have then you are aware of the kerfuffle that surrounds the decision to move forward with Gutenberg despite its accessibility problems. If you haven’t been following along, get caught up with Andy Bell’s recent post on Smashing Magazine called What Can Be Learned From The Gutenberg Accessibility Situation?
Adding alternative text to your images is one of the most important things you can do to make your website and documents more accessible. But what about your social media posts? Rooted in Rights recently created a quick (1 minute) video explaining how to add alternative text to your images on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Those of you who have been involved in accessibility testing of websites on campus or who have attended our Evaluating Your Website for Accessibility workshops have heard about the importance of keyboard navigation to web accessibility. Manuel Matuzovic, a front-end developer and accessibility blogger from Austria conducted an experiment to see if the web would be usable and accessible if he were unable to use a mouse. He blogged about his results in a 24a11y.com post called I Threw Away My Mouse. Spoiler alert: the answer is no, not really.