aria-labelledby and aria-describedby support in popular Windows browsers

Internet ExplorerBack in 2010 I filed a bug on Internet Explorer about its lack of support for exposing the calculated values of aria-labelledby and aria-describedby in the MSAA accessibility API. After some back and forth a partial fix was implemented.Continue Reading aria-labelledby and aria-describedby support in popular Windows browsers

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#ID24 A GAAD Hit! Thanks to All Speakers

Dear Friends and Colleagues –

One week ago, in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPG with support from YOU and our co-sponsors, Adobe Systems Inc., pulled off one of the greatest online accessibility events ever – Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24). Twenty-four hours of non-stop, international accessibility webinars FREE to the entire world. WOW!!

We owe our success to all of you! We cannot express enough thanks to each of you for making #ID24 the huge success it was. The experiences sent to us from users, practitioners and fellow consultants was heartwarming. We are very grateful to each and every one of you.

Special thanks again to Andrew Kirkpatrick who set up the Adobe Connect hosted service for us. Additional thanks to our friends and colleagues at ACS who delivered 24 hours of straight CART services.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t give props to the creator of #ID24, Karl Groves and his crack team including Leonie Watson and Patrick Lauke.

We expect most of the sessions to be up in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Thanks again for your support. We’re already looking forward to #ID24 in 2015!!!



Mike Paciello
The Paciello Group | phone: 603.882.4122 ext 103 | mobile: 603.566.7713
Founder, Partner

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disclosure-button custom control

web components and accessibilityCedric Trevisan and I have been cooking up a simple custom element, web component (using polymer) that provides a flexible disclosure control with accessibility baked in.

It’s still in progress (Cedric will follow up with a detailed post on how he got it to work!) but here’s a sneak peak:

Further Reading

Usability and accessibility opportunities in a web component world


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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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