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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

Accessibility Basics Series Q&A – Keyboard Accessibility

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Last week’s presentation in our Accessibility Basics Webinar Series covered best practices for keyboard accessibility. 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-6_gateway. How many elements can have a tabindex=0? //EL: There is no limit to the number. Just keep in mind that there is no need to put a tab index on elements that already receive keyboard focus…. Read More

ADA and the Internet: ADA Settlements – Fitting Accessibility Compliance into Your Product Lifecycle

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This is the third installment in our ADA and the Internet Series If your organization is involved in web-related ADA litigation, one of the most important things your legal counsel can do is fight for a realistic accessibility compliance timeline. We have seen settlements with timelines in the 1-2 year range. In our experience, trying to get a system into a high level of compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA standards in anything less than two years is exceptionally difficult. Our general recommendation would be a five-year remediation period as that allows for the best cost efficiency and quality while still… Read More

SSB CSUN Presentation Materials Available for Download

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The SSB crew had a fantastic time at last week’s 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN)! Thank you to everyone who attended sessions in the SSB Suite and our other special events during the week. We’ve had a number of requests for copies of the presentation materials from the SSB team’s sessions and we’re happy to oblige.  The following presentations are available for download at info.ssbbartgroup.com/CSUN2016: WEDNESDAY Using Visual ARIA to Physically See and Learn How ARIA Works Automated Testing with an Extra “A”: Phasing in A11y checks in .NET Testing Section 508 Refresh: Understanding the New… Read More

Join SSB at CSUN 2016!

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Attending CSUN this year?  Our team is gearing up for an extensive list of sessions at this year’s conference in the SSB Suite (Harbor Ballroom I), including an introduction to Alchemy, the newest extension to the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) making enhanced JavaScript-based testing, analysis, and repair for web systems easier than ever before.  You can catch a live demo of Alchemy’s magic in action on Thursday at 1:20 p.m.  Are you a Trivia Ninja?  If so, you’ll definitely want to join in the fun on Thursday night with Survey Says – a high-energy Family Feud-style game show with exciting prizes including a… Read More

Organizations Receiving a Rash of ADA Demand Letters Concerning Website Access

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A variety of our clients have recently received demand letters from ADA plaintiff’s attorneys, and as there seems to be a great bit of confusion behind these letters, I’d like to share a few notes to clear things up. The first thing any organization that receives one of these letters should do is NOT call SSB, or any other technical expert in the digital accessibility space.  The first thing you should do is contact your in-house legal team or external counsel and decide on an approach for handling the legal matter. Counsel is critical in this, as are issues of… Read More

Join SSB at IAAP Access 2015!

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SSB is excited to be sponsoring and participating in the first International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Access 2015 Conference next week.  The inaugural event, taking place October 21-23 in Las Vegas, will bring together accessibility professionals from around the world to focus on defining, improving and growing the accessibility profession.  If you’ll be attending the event please stop by our booth (#109) to say hello, and check out these three sessions from the SSB team: Accessibility Policies: A Four Phase Approach to Development and Implementation Speakers: Beth Crutchfield, VP of Policy and Program Services and Mary Smith, Executive Account Manager Date:… Read More

NAGW 2015 Slides

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Here are my slides from the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) 2015 conference. Enjoy! Section 508 Refresh: Understanding the New Requirements Models for Monitoring Digital Accessibility Compliance

A New Appreciation for Audio Description

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While at the John Slatin AccessU event in Austin, TX recently, I had the opportunity to learn more about audio description.  What is audio description you ask?  Audio descriptions provides a narrative of visual cues in movies, television shows, commercials, and other types of visual media so that visually impaired users can have a similar experience as sighted users. Before taking this micro-class, I had heard of audio description and had seen them in action, but never really understood how it worked.  I now have serious respect for the people who create this content.  There are several nuances that an… Read More

The Millennial Generation Could be Changing How Designers Think about Digital Accessibility

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I recently attended the M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC and during my time there I was able to attend a session titled ‘Development Tools to Ensure Mobile App Accessibility’.  The session was chaired by IBM’s Frances West and included panelists from Deque, Adobe, Code Factory, and our very own CEO of SSB Bart Group, Tim Springer.  Much of the session centered on the idea that accessibility compliance thinking needs to shift into the design and development stage.  With tools like AMP for Mobile, developers can have access to the knowledge and testing to help ensure accessibility is being built from… Read More

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