Tips to help make your forms more accessible, covering common issues that I have come across when evaluating forms for accessibility conformance and providing techniques for improving their overall accessibility.
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Tips on combining image and text links
Tips on combining image and text links that link to the same resource, a requirement stated in the Web Content Accessibility guidelines.
Making websites accessible without sacrificing aesthetics
Fifteen years after the Web Accessibility Initiative was launched, which aimed to improve web usability for those with disabilities, online accessibility is still widely ignored. Far too often there is a belief that a compromise must be made between accessibility and an attractive design.
7 web accessibility myths
Web accessibility is not a new concept. The Web Accessibility Initiative was launched back in 1997, and yet 15 years later it is still a widely ignored and neglected aspect of web development. There are many deep-rooted misconceptions about accessibility which prevent people from making a conscious effort to incorporate it into their websites. Let’s take a closer look at the top 7 web accessibility myths.
A short guide to how and why you should validate your code.
Checking colour contrast
This is a quick guide on how to check the colour contrast on your website. A simple way to check colour combinations meet the requirements set by version two of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
CSS Inline styles and why they are considered harmful for accessibility
Since the mid 1990s web developers have had an ever increasing amount of control over the presentation of the web pages that they develop. This is largely due to the introduction of CSS (cascading style sheets) and its adoption amongst major browser vendors, both past and present. Although the adoption of the CSS specification has not been without issues it has made it possible for web developers to build visually imaginative and engaging web pages and user interfaces.
In this post I will identify some of the common techniques that are used to hide content and will attempt to identify the implications of using these techniques. I will also attempt to identify appropriate situations in which each technique could practically be put to good use. All of the techniques that we have identified below have been tested with Jaws 12 and NVDA 2011.1 using Firefox 4, Firefox 5 and Internet Explorer 8. In addition the examples were tested with voiceover on Apple OSX 10.6.4 with Safari.
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