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articles related to accessibility and WCAG 2.0

Myths About Low Vision

By Wayne Dick
July 5, 2011

Most people lump blindness and visual impairment into one group. This is a mistake that does serious harm to many people who have low vision but are not blind. Well meaning people cite accommodations for people who are blind as examples of things that work for all people who are blind or visually impaired. Even experts do this too. This includes many advocacy groups, national, regional and local governments, institutions and even the W3C WCAG Working Group.

The Many Facets of Content Management Systems

ByRosemary Musachio
June 15th, 2011

Overview

Content Management Systems (“CMS”) have become one of the most popular internet-based technologies.  They are a collaborative method of composing, editing, publishing, sharing and storing documentation. Documentation can be anything from word publishing and data files to web pages and multimedia presentations. Entire applications can be stored on, and executed from, a CMS.

Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

By Geof Collis

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) are Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc. have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.

10 Reasons Why It Is Difficult for Person with Dyslexia to Spell Correctly

by: Ghotit
Posted June 21, 2011

  • It is difficult for a person with dyslexia to break words into phonemes/discrete sounds.

Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan

By karlgroves
On June 16, 2011

This past March, Jared Smith moderated a session at CSUN titled ” Do We Need To Change the Web Accessibility Game Plan”.

The discussion at and after the session was filled with interesting perspectives. The diversity of viewpoints demonstrates what a complex topic this really is. I’d like to take my stab at addressing this topic, inspired by this blog post by Vlad Alexander
which kicked off the original conversation:

Applying Web Usability Criteria for Vision-Impaired Users: Does It Really Improve Task Performance?

Available accessibility guidelines do not necessarily guarantee usable Web sites, particularly when specific groups of users with special needs are considered.

What are “PDF Tags” and Why Should I Care?

by Duff Johnson

A PDF file equipped with quality-controlled tags may be read effectively using a screen-reader or other assistive technology that reads PDF tags. If the
PDF file is also optimized for reflowing of content, it will read well using assistive technologies that do not use PDF tags, as well as on mobile devices.
If accessibility is important (or mandatory), or if you want your files to work well on mobile devices, then you need to learn to tag your PDFs.

What Frustrates Screen Reader Users on the Web: A Study of 100 Blind Users

In previous research, the computer frustrations of student and workplace users have been documented. However, the challenges faced by blind users on the Web have not been previously examined.

Can Consumers Trust Website Accessibility Declarations?

published by ANEC
on Wednesday 11 May 2011

A new study for ANEC by the University of Middlesex (United Kingdom), reveals that consumers and public authorities should doubt claims about the accessibility of websites to people with disabilities.

IE9 and Firefox 4: let the standards showdown begin!

Posted May 4, 2011

Six months ago, the implementation of accessibility-friendly W3C standards, especially in relation to media players and screen readers, seemed pretty clear, with all web browsers having some level of implementation of HTML5 except for Internet Explorer 8. The HTML5 standard has since evolved rapidly,
particularly in January and with updates in April. We’ve also seen two major browser releases in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Mozilla’s Firefox 4.