HTML5Accessibility.com updated

HTML5Since October 2010 I have been testing and recording information on HTML5Accessibility.com about the implementation of accessibility support in browsers for new HTML5 features. I had let the updates to the site slide, but have made a concerted effort in 2014 to provide the information on the latest browsers. Continue Reading HTML5Accessibility.com updated

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Announcing a new podcast focused on accessible user experience

TPG is co-sponsor with Rosenfeld Media, UIE, and O’Reilly of a new podcast focused on advancing accessibility awareness and skills in the user experience profession:

A Podcast for Everyone: Practical conversations answering your questions about how to make web sites and mobile apps work for everyone

The podcast is a companion to the book, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences. Whitney Quesenbery and I co-authored the book, and it features interviews with two other TPGers: our founder, Mike Paciello, and one of our Distinguished Accessibility Engineers, Steve Faulkner.

Whitney and I really like to talk to people. The accessibility community is generous, and we have learned so much from people who took the time to share their knowledge and perspectives with us. We feature some of those discussions as interviews in the book.

Once the book was done we really wanted to keep talking to people and sharing those great discussions. Our publisher, Lou Rosenfeld, suggested that we try a podcast, to keep the conversation going.

With the support of  Lou, Mike, and our colleagues at UIE and O’Reilly, we pushed forward with creating A Podcast for Everyone. A special shoutout goes to Adam Churchill and  Sean Carmichael at UIE and Karen Corbett at Rosenfeld Media for helping us pull it all together.

In the first episode, Whitney and I chat with Adam about the book and introduce the podcast. In future episodes, we will be the ones asking the questions. We have lots of people we want to talk to and topics we want to cover. And we welcome your ideas as well—email us at awebforeveryone@gmail.com and follow us at @awebforeveryone.

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WebABLE.TV Official WebCaster for CSUN 2014 Conference

The CSUN conference is again working with WebAble TV, an Internet TV channel for people with disabilities on the TV Worldwide Network, in partnership with The Paciello Group (TPG), to be the Official Webcaster for CSUN 2014 .

As part of the event webcast coverage, WebAble TV is offering sponsored video interviews with exhibitors and other organizations prior to and during the CSUN 2014 Conference as special ‘CSUN TV’ programming. This includes two pre-event webcasts prior to the actual CSUN 2014 Official Webcast  on March 6 and March 14, live from WebAble TV studios.

The sponsored video interviews will be highlighted along with other keynote and session content at the CSUN 2014 Official Webcast Event Site on WebAble TV, and will also be available for on-demand viewing a full year after the CSUN 2014 event is completed. In addition, your organization will receive a master video DVD of the interview for your unlimited use in marketing efforts. It’s a great way to cost-effectively capture your organization’s presence before and during CSUN 2014  on video and to gain extensive exposure at the same time on WebAble TV.

As with last year’s, CSUN 2013 Webcast, produced by WebAble TV, we are expecting thousands of viewers from the community of people with disabilities who regularly view WebAble TV events, for this CSUN TV 2014 event webcast.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please see this specially-priced sponsorship package. You can also contact Dave Gardy at dgardy@tvworldwide.com or call (703) 961-9250 ext. 221. We look forward to working with you to feature your organization during the CSUN TV 2014 event webcast.

WebAble TV (
www.WebAble.TV) an Internet TV channel on the TV Worldwide Network, (www.TVWorldwide.com ), is the Official Webcast Partner of CSUN for the 2014 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference.

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doesn’t work in lynx

I regularly encounter the argument that a particular feature is not accessible because it doesn’t work in a text browser such as Lynx.

Most recently this claim was in reference to the HTML canvas element. Funnily enough if the canvas element is provided with a HTML based sub DOM it works fine. Which is part of the reason why myself and others have been working for years to get robust accessibility support implemented for the canvas element. Sorry, to be clear, supporting Lynx is not the reason: Allowing, supporting and encouraging authors to provide a HTML based sub-DOM for content that is inaccessible when solely painted on a canvas and interaction that is inaccessible when solely implemented on the painted canvas using JavaScript, is the reason.

screenshot of lynx browser displaying canvas fallback content from the linked canvas example page.

But I digress. I think using the text browser argument is bogus. Text browsers have limited functionality and support a small subset of the semantics and features of HTML. While we as developers and advocates should be mindful of such software, we cannot be held to not using features of HTML because they don’t work in Lynx.

What do you think?

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Using ARIA to enhance SVG accessibility

SVG1.1 accessibility support is limited in browsers and screen readers. Things are set to improve with SVG2, but ARIA can be used now to improve the accessibility of simple SVG.

Continue Reading Using ARIA to enhance SVG accessibility

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