Archive for the "Evaluating Accessibility" Topic

Use Case Testing: What is it, where does it fit, and is it right for your situation?

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As a member of the Accessibility Services team at SSB BART Group (SSB), I work with many types of industry and government clients, some of which include use case testing in their engagement. This blog post will explain what use case testing is, what it can tell you, and when it is most effective to use. What is use case testing? At the end of the day, use case testing is real-world testing. That is, it seeks to simulate – as closely as possible – a  “real” user’s experience with various facets of a client’s product, whether it be their… 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

How the W3C Text Alternative Computation Works

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The Text Alternative Computation Over the years, there has been a lot of confusion about the W3C Text Alternative Computation and how this works, especially when influenced by the addition of CSS and ARIA attributes. As a bit of forewarning, this article is not primarily meant for general web developers, though having an understanding of these concepts will aid their efforts in building accessible software. Instead, this article is meant to aid browser and assistive technology vendors, as well as those who test and evaluate web technologies for accessibility, in order to identify where the breakdown is between the W3C… Read More

Infinite Scrolling – Impact on Accessibility Series: #1 Common Issues

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This blog is the first of three in the “Infinite Scrolling- Impact on Accessibility” series.   Before examining the common issues, it is important to know the definition of infinite scrolling and the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards that may impact users. Definition and Standards Infinite scrolling is a design practice in which content on the page continually load as a user navigates down the page or screen- eradicating the need for pagination.  Authors must take the following Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards in consideration when applying such technique into their application. Section 508 1194.22(l)“When pages utilize scripting languages… Read More

If Everything is Urgent, Nothing is Urgent

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AT CSUN 2015 I had the pleasure of attending many great sessions. As an Accessibility Consultant myself, a quote from the session titled “Targeting an Exceptional Online Shopping Experience” really resonated with me; “if everything is urgent, nothing is urgent”. Accessibility Consultants for presented a mature testing and development approach to digital accessibility within an agile environment.   The team showcased the importance and success of partnering with the user experience (UX) teams within the organization through support and consultation ranging from wireframe reviews, pattern libraries and assistive technology testing to name a few. It is a valiant trait of… Read More

Compliance Monitor – Complete Regulatory Coverage

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Last week I posted about the launch of Compliance Monitor, SSB’s new turnkey monitoring solution for full regulatory compliance with digital accessibility laws, regulations and standards.  In this post I’ll get into a little more detail about the Compliance Monitor testing methodology. When it comes to digital accessibility compliance, automated testing only solves a small piece of the puzzle. For full regulatory compliance coverage, manual code-level validation and functional use case testing are also required. This includes ensuring the system can, in practice, be effectively used by individuals with disabilities. Without this full scope of testing, regulatory or legal conformance… Read More

Does that WCAG 2 Success Criteria Really Apply?

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Many years ago when we created our Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) we decided it was best to remove the need for testers to choose which Section 508 standard paragraph or WCAG success criteria (SC) applied to a violation. Instead we created best practices in AMP that were very clear explicit tests that mapped back to the accessibility standard paragraph or WCAG SC, allowing the system to then automatically generate a level of support to the correct accessibility standards. Fairly often I see people in our community incorrectly applying a WCAG 2 SC. This post will cover some of the commonly… Read More

Web Accessibility Overview – Webinar Q & A

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Last week SSB presented a webinar on Web Accessibility in partnership with Adobe and FedInsider.  We had such a great turnout and there were so many good questions, but unfortunately only a short period of time to address them.  Fortunately we were able to capture all of the questions from the presentation and answer them in this post which I hope you’ll find useful. View the recorded webinar: Webinars Q: Should alt text mention the type of image?  For instance “picture of nurse” or “chart of regional response”? A: That is context-dependent, and is a grey area.  You will need to… Read More

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