All posts by Léonie Watson

How to use HTML headings

Published
25th November 2010
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Léonie Watson
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How to use HTML headings

When is a heading not a heading? Don’t worry, we’re not getting all existentialist on you. It’s a serious question, and the answer lies behind one of the most common accessibility problems on the web.

Checking colour contrast

Published
11th October 2010
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Léonie Watson
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Checking colour contrast

Consider the links, headings and other text content on your website. Do you think the colours you’ve chosen contrast well against their background? More to the point, how can you tell?

What are captions?

Published
3rd September 2010
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Léonie Watson
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What are captions?

Everybody’s using YouTube. Government departments, media corporations and individuals with bright ideas all broadcast themselves. YouTube might be everywhere, but is your content reaching everyone?

Knowing about audio description, captions and transcripts, is the way to reach an even wider audience. In the third of a series of articles on multimedia accessibility, we take a look at captions.

eAccessibility Forum meeting

Published
2nd July 2010
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Léonie Watson
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eAccessibility Forum meeting

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) held the second meeting of the Digital Economy eAccessibility Forum yesterday. The forum is a platform for exploring eInclusion issues, and developing and sharing best practice solutions across all sectors.

Every little helps?

Published
30th June 2010
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Léonie Watson
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Every little helps?

If you shop at Tesco, you'll know that "every little helps". If you're one of their blind or partially sighted online customers though, you might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. As Tesco close their access site and move people over to their new primary website, there are growing concerns about how accessibility has been factored into the user experience.

BS8878 Web accessibility code of practice consultation

Published
9th June 2010
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Léonie Watson
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BS8878 Web accessibility code of practice consultation

It’s been 18 months since BS8878 first went out for public consultation. At the time, this forthcoming web accessibility code of practice from the British Standards Institution (BSI) received an unprecedented amount of feedback. Now a second draft is available for public consultation, and this is where we need your help!

What is an Accessibility Audit?

Published
4th May 2010
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Léonie Watson
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What is an Accessibility Audit?

An accessibility audit is a thorough evaluation of your website using recognised guidelines and metrics. There are a lot of different approaches to doing an accessibility audit; this article gives you the low-down on exactly what you need to know.

What are Transcripts?

Published
30th April 2010
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Léonie Watson
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What are Transcripts?

Whether you broadcast yourself on YouTube, or showcase yourself on Vimeo, multimedia content is the way to go. It’s engaging, it’s captivating, and the ultimate aim is to make it go viral.

Knowing about audio description, captions and transcripts, is the way to reach an even wider audience. In the second of a series of articles on multimedia accessibility, we take a look at transcripts.