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Screen Readers and CSS: Are We Going Out of Style (and into Content)?

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:40:56 +0000

Developers often ask how various CSS declarations translate to the screen reader experience. Properties that are strictly visual – such as color, border, font, margin, padding – are transparent, but what about those that inject content, like ::before and ::after? What about properties that communicate meaning, like list-style and line-through? And then there are those […]

To ARIA! The Cause of, and Solution to, All Our Accessibility Problems

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:31:51 +0000

When WebAIM evaluates a client’s website for accessibility, we often spend more time evaluating and reporting on ARIA use than any other issue. Almost every report we write includes a section cautioning against ARIA abuse and outlining ARIA uses that need to be corrected or, most often, removed. Ironically, this is often followed by a […]

Feedback on WCAG 2.1 Draft

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:18:03 +0000

Overview The following is feedback on the First Public Working Draft of WCAG 2.1. WebAIM currently supports adoption of 5 of these success criteria as drafted (with some recommended improvements). A few others would be supported (with clarifications and improvements), but not at the conformance level currently proposed. WebAIM does not support, opposes, or strongly […]

UC Berkeley Decision Results in Universal Inaccessibility

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:48:33 +0000

The University of California at Berkeley recently decided to withdraw 20,000 public videos and lectures rather than caption them. They will be restricted to their campus community, where the need for captions can be more closely monitored and delivered. We understand that this complex decision was driven, in part, by a Department of Justice finding. […]

Alexa 100 Accessibility Updates

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:48:22 +0000

In December 2011, I conducted a quick analysis of the Alexa Top 100 web site home pages. The results showed notable issues across these sites. Now, over 5 years later, I thought I’d re-evaluate those same sites to see if and how things have changed. As in 2011, the WAVE browser extension was used to […]

WebAIM’s response to the ADA SANPRM

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:33:40 +0000

History of the Web and ADA Since at least 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that web sites are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, despite years of consideration, there are not yet technical or implementation regulations that define where or how web content must be accessible in order to meet […]

Three things you should know before using VoiceOver for testing

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:03:29 +0000

Web professionals are increasingly using Macs. As these web professionals become more aware of the importance of web accessibility, more and more of them are using VoiceOver to test for screen reader accessibility. This is excellent news, but there are at least three important differences between VoiceOver and most Windows screen readers that accessibility testers […]

Testing with the NVDA Screen Reader

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:14:32 +0000

Note: This is a piece about how I configure and use NVDA. For a more detailed guide on using this screen reader, see our NVDA tutorial. I spend a significant amount of time evaluating website accessibility and a large percentage of that time is spent using a screen reader. I have access to full versions […]

What will it take to move the needle of change?

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:48:23 +0000

TRIO Program Accessibility Issues This past week I considered submitting a WebAIM proposal to a US Department of Education grant competition intended to provide training to TRIO grantees on regulatory issues. The TRIO programs are a collection of federal programs funded to help recruit, retain, and assist completion of postsecondary education for those from disadvantaged […]

WAVE Updates and Future Plans

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 23:55:10 +0000

This week WebAIM released a notable update to the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. Both the online version and the Chrome extension have been updated. Update Details The following changes were included in this update: Significant performance enhancements and bug fixes. Smarter ARIA and HTML5 evaluation logic: New icons for structural elements – HTML5 structural […]