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Screen reader quick guide
There is is! Or an image of it at least, the actual document is linked further down. So why did we create this? We meet teams every day who are new to digital accessibility. Teams who need to start small and learn how to test their software using some basic assistive technology. Most guides are… Continue reading Screen reader quick guide
Top seven free color contrast checkers & analyzers
1. Contrast Checker (Monsido) Contrast Checker (monsido.com) Perfect if you just want a quick and easy contrast measurement without having to download anything. Measure contrast quickly in this web app Very intuitive to use Multiple ways to input colors Screenshot of Contrast Checker (Monsido) 2. Tanaguru Contrast Finder Tanaguru Contrast Finder Perfect if you want… Continue reading Top seven free color contrast checkers & analyzers
143.75% font size sucks
The humble request Nice font size 143.75% on that page. Maybe next they’ll have an article about why that sucks. This graciously worded request was actually not sent directly to me, but to a fellow accessibility guru Nicolas Steenhout, who forwarded it to me in this tweet. So sadly I don’t know who this mystery… Continue reading 143.75% font size sucks
Testing is a scary word
There has been some discussion in the UX community the last few years on what to call the activity that’s arguably the most important one in the UX-toolkit. Ten years ago basically everyone said “user testing”. Then someone thought: Hey! We have a problem with users feeling uncomfortable being tested. Calling it user testing makes… Continue reading Testing is a scary word
What’s new in the European EN-standard update from 2.1.2 to 3.2.1?
Most news are probably not relevant to you If you work with web or apps – which most people who read this article probably do – I’d say about 95% of the update is completely irrelevant to you. Instead it affects other types of ICT (information and communication technologies), like: Two-way voice communication, like intercoms… Continue reading What’s new in the European EN-standard update from 2.1.2 to 3.2.1?
Developer Heroes: Education for All with Clever
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Over the last decade or more, schools across the country have integrated digital tools to connect the dots between students, teachers, and parents and enrich… The post Developer Heroes: Education for All with Clever appeared first on Deque.
Axe DevTools Mobile Now Supports SwiftUI
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Axe DevTools Mobile now supports Apple’s new SwiftUI framework! We’re excited to launch a new iOS framework—axeDevToolsXCUI. Fundamentally different from the UIKit framework, the XCUI… The post Axe DevTools Mobile Now Supports SwiftUI appeared first on Deque.
Axe DevTools Extension Updates: Buy Multiple Subscriptions Online, Provision, and Manage Your Own Users
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Need to buy more than one subscription of axe DevTools Pro at a time? Now, you can purchase subscriptions for your teams online. You can… The post Axe DevTools Extension Updates: Buy Multiple Subscriptions Online, Provision, and Manage Your Own Users appeared first on Deque.
Research: 73% of Accessibility Professionals See Increase in Accessibility Awareness on Digital Channels Throughout the Pandemic
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Latest Deque report underscores the impact of COVID-19 on digital accessibility, noting an impact on volume of work, budget, users with disabilities and digital services… The post Research: 73% of Accessibility Professionals See Increase in Accessibility Awareness on Digital Channels Throughout the Pandemic appeared first on Deque.
Axe DevTools Extension Updates: Rules & Standards Control, Sign In/Up within the Extension, and More
[unable to retrieve full-text content] In the 4.18.2 release of the axe DevTools browser extension, Pro users now have full control of what they are testing when it comes to… The post Axe DevTools Extension Updates: Rules & Standards Control, Sign In/Up within the Extension, and More appeared first on Deque.
Collaborative planning, the forgotten step of accessible development
[unable to retrieve full-text content] You want to create accessible user experiences. Everyone in the development team agrees. But does everyone define success in the same way? If your team… The post Collaborative planning, the forgotten step of accessible development appeared first on Deque.
Developer Heroes: The story of an Ally
[unable to retrieve full-text content] Ally is a digital financial services company that’s committed to “doing it right” for its consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. The award-winning digital direct bank… The post Developer Heroes: The story of an Ally appeared first on Deque.
This Is The Way: A Phased Approach to Accessibility in the Development Lifecycle
[unable to retrieve full-text content] In the web development community, accessibility has a bad reputation for adding more overhead and time to the development process. With almost all the development… The post This Is The Way: A Phased Approach to Accessibility in the Development Lifecycle appeared first on Deque.
The foot-in-door-somersault-strategy. Making accessibility laws your superpower
The cool kids on the block You know all those movies where the main character first is a nerdy nobody and transforms into someone amazing or popular? Sandy in Grease. Peter Parker in Spider Man. Harry Potter. You get the point! That’s kind of how we feel like at the moment in the accessibility (a11y) community.… Continue reading The foot-in-door-somersault-strategy. Making accessibility laws your superpower
First a short future message to my kid… Hi kiddo! If you find this post in ten years time or so, I’m sorry for the negative tone. I love you very much! But I’m tiered and want to make a point about inclusion. Hope you understand! Look! No hands! The image above shows how my… Continue reading Parent accessibility
What is Section 508 and why does it matter?
In 1990, the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provided a real foundation for accessibility in the U.S. and across the world as a model. Similarly, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and its subsequent refreshes serve as major milestones for accessibility by defining the scope of responsibilities for accessibility in… Continue reading What is Section 508 and why does it matter?
Deque Releases axe Accessibility Testing Tool for Microsoft’s New Edge Browser
Free Extension Provides Automated Testing to Help Identify and Resolve Common Digital Accessibility Problems HERNDON, VA – October 22, 2020 – Deque Systems, the trusted leader in digital accessibility, today announced the release of the axe accessibility testing tool for Microsoft’s new Edge web browser. Like its Chrome and Firefox counterparts, axe for Edge is… Continue reading Deque Releases axe Accessibility Testing Tool for Microsoft’s New Edge Browser
Angular Component Libraries and Accessibility
Axe Updates: New Consolidated User Experience
It has been a year since we launched the beta of axe Pro, and we have gotten tons of feedback from users all across the globe. We have taken that feedback, and channeled it into the 4.6 release of the axe Chrome extension, our largest ever! Thousands of users have given the axe beta a… Continue reading Axe Updates: New Consolidated User Experience
What to Expect From WCAG 2.2
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been the standard for digital accessibility the world around for two decades. This autumn, the W3C is preparing to publish version 2.2 of WCAG. WCAG 2.2 adds several new success criteria focused on extending requirements for users with low vision, cognitive impairments, and limited fine motor skills. The… Continue reading What to Expect From WCAG 2.2
Audit Revealed 43 States’ Vote-By-Mail Application Forms Not Accessible to Many with Disabilities, as Deadlines Loom
Deque Systems Is Working with States to Repair This “Digital Divide,” Hosting The Fully Usable Application Forms for Access By All HERNDON, VA – September 30, 2020 – Deque Systems’ audit of the application forms required for registered voters to vote by mail in November discovered that 43 states’ applications had some level of digital… Continue reading Audit Revealed 43 States’ Vote-By-Mail Application Forms Not Accessible to Many with Disabilities, as Deadlines Loom
How do the new iOS 14 accessibility features stack up?
This past week, Apple released iOS 14 which includes new features such as Widgets, Back Tap and the ability for VoiceControl and VoiceOver to be used at the same time. I thought this would be the perfect time to bring our mobile team together to explore these new features of iOS 14 as they relate… Continue reading How do the new iOS 14 accessibility features stack up?