Blog posts tagged with: Accessibility

Jessica Paris

A few months ago, a local company came to Pixo, blindsided with a web accessibility lawsuit. The settlement claimed “substantial access barriers” on their website which made it “impossible for our clients and similarly situated stakeholders to access the site’s privacy-related information and legal terms and conditions, and to exercise privacy and legal choices available to persons who enjoy full access to the website. ” Not only did the settlement ask for “injunctive relief, and reasonable attorney’s fee and costs,” they also requested extensive remedial measures to the company’s website and web practices, including assessment, training, user-testing, monitoring, and other policy and programming measures.

Landi Najarro

In our previous accessibility post, Choosing ARIA Landmarks: Get Your Semantics Right, we discussed how blueprints can help our developers implement the proper ARIA structure for their sites and applications. One of these blueprints is an ARIA overlay, which groups content on the wireframe and labels them with ARIA landmarks that should be included to maximize accessibility for all users. The availability of landmarks allows users of assistive technology to use a keyboard shortcut to quickly navigate through the page.

Landi Najarro

In our previous accessibility post, The Cost of Waiting: Why to Fix Accessibility From Day 1, we discussed the importance of including the design and user experience (UX) teams in the accessible design process from Day 1. Accessibility is one important way of planning and mapping out your users’ experience. When we bring accessibility concerns to the entire team at the start of a project, we design with accessibility in mind.

Landi Najarro

Test early, test often When projects follow a waterfall pattern, you might gather requirements, create design mockups, build the functionality, and finally test the results. During testing, Quality Assurance (QA) files bugs for rest of the team to fix errors that could have been solved much earlier on if there had been more collaboration throughout these ‘phases’. This is highly inefficient and can extend the lifetime of a project.

Tyla Taylor

Just as accessibility means that something is easy to use and available when needed; web accessibility means that a site has been designed to enable equal access of use for people with disabilities so that they can fully interact with and contribute to the web. Types of disabilities that would affect access to the web include visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological. These disabilities require the user to employ other tools or assistive technologies to access the web, such as keyboard only, enlarging text, disabling styles or using a screenreader.

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