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Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: iOS Switch Control

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The iOS Switch Control accessibility feature is built-in to iOS and can be used with a variety of Bluetooth switches, Bluetooth keyboards, and the iOS device’s screen. This accessibility feature allows people with significant motor disabilities to operate their iOS device. The iOS Switch Control has two modes that the user can use: item scanning and point scanning. Item scanning scans through all the elements on the page. Sometimes elements are grouped together (for example: a drop-down menu), and by selecting the group of elements, the scan mode will drill down and start scanning the individual elements in that group…. Read More

Computer and Mobile Phone Access for People with Mobility Disabilities

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Users with mobility disabilities access computers and mobile phones in an array of ways. These users include people who use wheelchairs, people with limited manual dexterity, and those with limited reach and strength. It is important to note that the baby boomer generation is starting to show age-related disabilities, including but not limited to arthritis, which can make it quite difficult and painful for them to use technology. Today, I’ll offer an introduction to the ways these users access technology, and in future articles I will go into more depth on some of these technologies. To begin, we’ll focus on… Read More

Accessibility Considerations for Localization

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Localization is the process of translating a product into different languages or adapting a product for a specific country or region.   When localization is performed on web content, information such as alternatives used by people with disabilities may inadvertently be overlooked.  When pages are localized, language teams often update strings of content and view the visual changes on the web page.  Some accessibility information is not visible on a web page but still must be localized, e.g. alternative text for images and text positioned off-screen for screen readers. Localization teams need procedures and tools to help them find this accessibility… Read More

Accessibility Basics Series #10 Q&A – Dialogs

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The 10th and final webinar in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for accessible dialogs. In this post the presenter – Accessibility Training Specialist Erica Zelmanowicz – has provided answers to the questions we received during the webinar. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed from the Accessibility Basics Series #10 resources page.  Resources from the full series are available on the SSB Webinars page. Dialogs Webinar Q&A If you use role=dialog, do you still need to add offscreen text to demarcate the boundary of dialog? //EZ: role=”dialog” will help identify the grouping of the content as… Read More

Accessibility Basics Series #9 Q&A – ARIA

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Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for ARIA. In this post Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila has provided answers to the questions we received during the webinar. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed from the Accessibility Basics Series #9 resources page.  Resources from the full series to date are available on the SSB Webinars page. ARIA Webinar Q&A When using a UL to contain a list of navigation links, would you recommend adding role=”navigation” to it directly, to a div around it, or not at all? //JA: Use a div with… Read More

Accessibility Basics Series #8 Q&A – Focus Control

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Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for Focus Control. Accessibility Training Specialist Erica Zelmanowicz presented the webinar and has provided answers to the questions we received during Q&A – both those that were answered during the webinar and those we weren’t able to get to during the allotted time. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed from the Accessibility Basics Series #8 resources page.  Resources from the full series to date are available on the SSB Webinars page. Focus Control Q&A You mentioned earlier to give a Dialog heading focus when it opens,… Read More

Accessibility Basics Series #7 Q&A – Accessible Forms

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Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for Accessible Forms. Senior Director of Client Services Mona Rekhi presented the webinar and has provided answers to the questions we received during Q&A – both those that were answered during the webinar and those we weren’t able to get to during the allotted time. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed from the Accessibility Basics Series #7 resources page.  Resources from the full series to date are available on the SSB Webinars page. Forms Q&A Is there a reason why the * is at the end… Read More

ZIP, Z I P, or Z.I.P.? Forcing Correct Pronunciation in Screen Readers

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If you’ve ever used a GPS navigation system or app while on a road trip, you know that sometimes the software can’t parse an abbreviation or pronunciation that we take for granted. For example, St. Dunston Lane gets read as “Street Dunston Lane” or McLean is read as “McLEEN” instead of “McLANE.” These are not life or death issues in terms of vehicle navigation or accessibility, but they can be annoying. What do you do when a screen reader is mispronouncing a word that you consider important to your organization’s message?  In general, we do not recommend screen reader specific… Read More

Accessibility Basics Series Q&A – Data Tables

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Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for accessible data tables. Training Director Eric Lyons presented the webinar and has provided answers to the questions we received during Q&A – both those that were answered during the webinar and those we weren’t able to get to during the allotted time. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed at info.ssbbargroup.com/accessibility-basics-series-5_gateway. Would you recommend using the <caption> tag all the time, or if a heading is just above the table is that sufficient? //EL: If a heading is used to section off content that includes the… Read More

Accessibility Basics Series Q&A – Page Structure

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Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for page structure. Training Director Eric Lyons presented the webinar and has provided answers to the questions we received during Q&A – both those that were answered during the webinar and those we weren’t able to get to during the allotted time. The webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation can be accessed at info.ssbbargroup.com/accessibility-basics-series-4_resources. What is the rule for character limit for the meta title? //EL: 150 characters us the desired limit per the W3C Are page title standards also applicable to pop-up pages? //EL: If you have a new… Read More

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