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Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Screen Magnification Challenges – Forms

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In this week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series, Client Services Director Mike Schutte demonstrates potential challenges for users of screen magnification software when attempting to complete form fields, and offers ideas for developers to improve form accessibility. Be sure to check out SSB’s YouTube Channel for more videos in this series!

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Screen Reader Language Support

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In this week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series, Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan demonstrates the screen reader language support feature in JAWS and the importance of proper page markup for this feature to function properly. Be sure to check out SSB’s YouTube Channel for more videos in this series!

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Using MS Word with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

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In our last post in the Web Accessibility 101 Series Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan demonstrated Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Dragon) speech recognition software.  In this week’s featured video Thomas demonstrates the use of Microsoft Word with Dragon. Dragon NatuallySpeaking allows users to control their computer using only their voice, without the need for a mouse or keyboard. Dragon allows individuals with limited to no mobility for whom typing or use of a mouse may be difficult or impossible to perform keyboard and mouse actions and dictate text using voice commands. Thomas demonstrates several actions performed in Word using only voice commands via Dragon, including entering text… Read More

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Demo

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In this week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series – Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan demonstrates Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software, using it to perform basic tasks including completing a form online. Dragon NatuallySpeaking is a command and control type of assistive technology which allows users to control their computer using only their voice, without the need for a mouse or keyboard. It is the most popular speech recognition software used by persons with limited to no mobility for whom typing or use of a mouse may be difficult or impossible, allowing users to perform keyboard and mouse actions and dictate text using voice… Read More

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Effective Color Contrast

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This week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series – Effective Color Contrast – comes to us from Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan.  Thomas explains and demonstrates the importance proper color contrast when designing a web site or application. For each color selected when designing a site or application there are over 16.5 million options for possible color combinations. Insufficient color contrast prevents users with color deficiencies or low vision from reading and distinguishing content. WCAG 2.0 level AA and proposed Section 508 Refresh require a contrast ratio of 4.5:1 or greater for text of less than 18 point, and 3:1 for text of… Read More

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Web Headings

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SSB’s new Web Accessibility 101 Video Series features short, introductory level videos created by our team members sharing demos of assistive technology and common accessibility challenges. In this week’s featured video, Accessibility Analyst Jeremy Hartley demonstrates how screen reader users navigate websites using heading commands. With the proper design, headings can be an integral part of how a screen reader user can efficiently skim through content and get the most out of navigating a website. Properly designed headings convey the logical structure and sections of a web page. Visually, headings are typically indicated by color, size, font or spacing. For screen reader… Read More

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Screen Magnification & Reflow

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This week’s featured video in our Web Accessibility 101 Series – Screen Magnification & Reflow in Acrobat Reader – comes to us from SSB Client Services Director Cammie Truesdell.  Cammie demonstrates the use of screen magnification with a PDF document, and the difficulty users can face when both vertical and horizontal scrolling are required to read the magnified document. An alternative is to reflow the text in the PDF.  Reflow presents the content in a single column the width of the document pane, eliminating the horizontal scroll bar. Check out SSB’s YouTube Channel for more videos in the series!

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Visual Focus Indication

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SSB’s new YouTube video series features introductory level videos created by SSB team members demonstrating assistive technology and common accessibility challenges.  In this week’s featured video, Web Accessibility 101: Visual Focus Indication, Accessibility Consultant Chris Lane explains and demonstrates the importance of visual focus identification for keyboard users. To understand this important keyboard accessibility topic Chris recommends putting away the mouse and using only the keyboard to interact with the web.  Many people with different types of mobility impairments cannot use a mouse and use only the keyboard to interact with their computer on a daily basis. Without a mouse… Read More

Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Onscreen Keyboard Demo

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SSB BART Group is happy to introduce a new series of web accessibility videos on the SSB YouTube Channel.  These short, introductory level videos created by SSB team members include demos of assistive technology and common accessibility challenges. In this week’s featured video, Senior Accessibility Consultant Thomas Logan demonstrates the Microsoft Windows 7 On-Screen Keyboard.  Many users do not have the dexterity required to physically push the keys on a traditional hardware keyboard and will benefit from the availability and use of a virtual keyboard to input information.  In this video Thomas uses the onscreen keyboard to complete a form,… Read More

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