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Thoughts & insights on digital accessibility including design, development (web & mobile), laws and more

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PDF icon with accessibility icon overlaid on top May 30, 2019 in PDF accessibility category

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 508 Compliant text inside of a circle May 14, 2019 in VPAT category

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).

IAAP logo alongside the CPACC certification title April 28, 2019 in Education category

CPACC exam

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.

W3 validator showing no errors for the Pragmatic Access homepage April 05, 2019 in Audit category

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.

Screenshot of the Chrome's color picker March 22, 2019 in Audit category

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.

Screenshot of the page being audited via tool that outlines HTML5 landmarks March 11, 2019 in Audit category

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.

Screenshot from the Udacity course showing Alice Boxhall and Rob Dodson February 27, 2019 in Education category

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.

Collection of accessibility logotypes including various companies and tools February 13, 2019 in Industry category

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.