Global Considerations in Creating an Organizational Web Accessibility Policy

TPG’s Accessible User Experience team recently did some work for a client exploring legislation and standards on digital accessibility in selected countries around the world, and their impact on defining an organizational accessibility policy for globally-active organizations.  In particular, since we didn’t have time to conduct an exhaustive review, we were interested in discovering how easy it was to find authoritative national digital accessibility policy information that organizations could act on.

We wrote about our findings in a paper that we presented at the Web For All (W4A) 2014 conference in Seoul.  Here’s the text of our paper, amended slightly from the original to include additional hyperlinks for ease of online reading.

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Short note on alt in HTML

It is no longer a WCAG 2.0 conformance failure to have an <img> without an alt attribute, as long as the img element has an accessible name provided using another method such as aria-label.

It is still a conformance error in HTML  to have an <img> without an alt attribute (unless the img has a caption provided using the figure and figcaption elements)

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JavaScript touch/pointer events research notes: screenreaders, faked mouse events, touchscreens

Over the last two years I’ve been dabbling with various aspects related to the handling of touch events and pointer events – specifically trying to determine which events are being dispatched by browsers as a result of touchscreen interactions, and what the repercussions of this are considering the increasing number of multi-input devices (such as laptops that feature both traditional keyboard/mouse/trackpad as well as a touchscreen, or nominally touch-only devices such as smartphones and tablets, but paired with a bluetooth mouse/keyboard).

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CVAA for Fostering Innovation and Change

At TPG we are committed to advancing accessibility, and we look for ways to drive innovation and change in the way accessibility is approached and implemented. Laws and policies are strong drivers for accessibility, and in this article we talk about U.S. legislation that addresses accessibility in communication and media products and services. We believe these rules will advance accessibility thinking worldwide, and will result in innovative products and services that are designed to provide an accessible and enjoyable user experience for everyone.

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Usability and accessibility opportunities in a web component world

A discussion on the WHATWG list about the limitations/issues with the current design of the summary and details elements, brought forth the following comment:

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