PDF accessibility introduction
Although web accessibility is most commonly thought of when talking about digital accessibility, document accessibility also plays an important role. Document formats such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, ePub, and most commonly PDF, are quite common and are usually linked within web pages or sent via email. As such, it’s important to make sure that those documents are accessible as well.
VPAT® (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template)
VPAT®, alongside the WCAG and ARIA, is one of the most common 4-letter abbreviations out there in the accessibility field. It stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template or, in other words, a document which describes to which level a particular product is accessible according to various guidelines (Revised Section 508, WCAG, EN 301 549).
Discussed a bit in my Introduction to accessibility world, CPACC is a basic certificate which certifies that you are familiar with general accessibility terms, problems and processes. It’s a first step towards the CPWA certificate which requires you to have both CPACC and WAS certificates.
Part 3: Follow-up accessibility audit
In the first post of the series, I performed the accessibility audit of the homepage to get a better grasp on how to perform an audit and what things to watch for. In second post the fixes were deployed to remedy the accessibility errors.
Part 2: Accessibility audit fixes
In the previous post, I performed the accessibility audit of the homepage where a number of issues were identified. The end-goal is to make the site Level AA accessible.
Part 1: First accessibility audit
After going through the Udacity course, reading the Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy, watching through A11y casts and more, it’s time to do the first full (albeit smallish in size) accessibility audit.
Udacity course on accessibility
I’ve mentioned Udacity course in my introduction article about accessibility as one of the first steps I took to better understand the accessibility landscape, tools and problems.
Introduction to accessibility world
I’ve been watching the digital accessibility (a11y for short) world by the sidelines for some time already, but never really “got into it” - meaning I understood that images need alt tags and that HTML must be semantically structured, but not much else.