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2017 Digital Accessibility Trends Webinar – Q & A

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In last week’s webinar SSB CEO Tim Springer outlined key digital accessibility trends and developments, and discussed the current state and projections for the market, related regulations, and new technology. This post contains Tim’s responses to audience questions posed during and after the presentation. Missed the webinar? No problem! You can access the webinar recording, slides, and CART transcript at info.ssbbartgroup.com/2017-Trends-Webinar_Resources-Gateway. Webinar Q & A The Market Q: Do we know which versions of the screen readers were used in the survey statistics provided in the webinar? //TS: There is some information on the various types and versions of the screen readers… Read More

Differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1: Changes

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Welcome to the third installment of SSB’s review of the differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1. In the last post, we explored the additions to “role”.  Today, we review the changes that were made to various attributes. The most recent version of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) guidelines was published on October 27, 2016. You can view the full document on the W3 website. Changes aria-owns The aria-owns attribute can be used to change the order of the accessibility tree, which is important when the DOM element structure of a widget does not match the correct parent-child relationship necessary… Read More

Accessibility and Healthcare: Challenges for Patients and Providers

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One out of every five people in the U.S. – that’s 56 million Americans – has a disability, and those individuals need access to healthcare. But often those disabilities create challenges in accessing healthcare services and technology. In this new blog series we’ll examine some of the most important issues related to accessibility and the health care industry. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we discuss: Challenges with Healthcare Technology Although new technology makes many aspects of healthcare easier for patients, that new technology is not always accessible to persons with disabilities. For example, many healthcare providers are switching… Read More

EU Directive 2016/2102/EU: Overview and Drivers

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Overview On October 26, 2016, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union issued Directive 2016/2102/EU (“the Directive”) to make public sector websites and mobile applications (“apps”) more accessible across the European Union (“EU”). The Directive requires EU countries to ensure that the websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies meet common/harmonized European accessibility standards. The Directive will allow citizens with disabilities to more fully participate in society, wherever they reside or choose to move to. Common standards allow for providers to know what standards need to be met thus reducing the cost of operation in different… Read More

Key Features of the Section 508 Refresh

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As announced earlier this month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the US Access Board’s final rules updating the standards for ICT covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as guidelines for Section 255 of the Communications Act. The updates make long-awaited changes to the federal digital accessibility requirements. The Section 508 refresh is expected to be published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, with an effective date of one year after the publication date. A safe harbor will exist for information and communication technology (ICT) that meets the current Section 508 standards.  After the effective… Read More

Differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1: Additions to “role”

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Welcome to the second installment of SSB’s review of the differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1. In the last post – Differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1: Deprecations & Additions – we reviewed deprecations and additions like aria-keyshortcuts, aria-roledescription, and aria-current. Today, we explore the additions to “role”. The most recent Candidate Recommendation of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) specification was published on October 27, 2016. You can view the full document on the W3 website. It’s important to note that this document is still subject to change with future publications, and that these observations are meant to provide a high-level… Read More

Section 508 Refresh Takes Another Step Forward

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has cleared the US Access Board’s final rule updating Section 508 standards and telecom guidelines. While the Rule has not been published yet, details are forthcoming. In our September blog post, US Access Board Approves Final Section 508 Rule – Sends to OMB For Last Review, we reported that the US Access Board voted to approve and forward the final rule text and preamble of the ICT Standards and Guidelines (aka the Section 508 Refresh) to the OMB for final review prior to publishing in the Federal Register. The vote gave OMB staff authority to make non-substantive changes…. Read More

Differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1: Deprecations & Additions

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The most recent version of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) guidelines was published on October 27, 2016. You can view the full document on the W3 website. It’s important to note that this document is still subject to change with future publications, and that these observations are meant to provide a high-level overview of broad-level changes that will be important to be aware of going forward. As such, these details are likely to remain valid regardless. Also, many of these additions are minimally supported or not supported at all by browsers and assistive technologies as yet. I’ll be posting… Read More

Trends in Digital Accessibility and Electronic Documents Webinar – Q&A

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This post includes the responses from Tim Springer – SSB’s CEO – and Steve Jones – VP of Output Transformation Division at OpenText – to all of the questions posed in last week’s webinar: Trends in Digital Accessibility and Electronic Documents.  For more information on this topic, you can access the webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation at info.ssbbartgroup.com/Trends-Accessibility-Electronic-Documents_Gateway. Can the new Presidential administration block or slow the adoption of the Section 508 Refresh regulations? Yes, the new administration could block or slow the adoption of the Section 508 Refresh regulations. The most likely scenario in which that occurs is that the Office of… Read More

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Digital Accessibility?

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, many are wondering how the new administration will affect the digital accessibility space. In the short term, we see it as unlikely that a Trump presidency will have a major impact on the status quo. The Americans with Disabilities Act Donald Trump has never specifically addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so it is difficult to predict what his stance would be. In the past, scaling back rights for people with disabilities has proven to be politically unpopular. Given that neither advancing nor curtailing the ADA is among Trump’s… Read More

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