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.

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.

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.

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

Parent accessibility

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

Nowadays, it feels as if web development is an ever-changing landscape that moves at supersonic speeds. With the demands to keep your content up to date with the latest and greatest designs and frameworks, it can be an overwhelming task to keep up. JavaScript frameworks, such as Angular, play a large role in this with… Continue reading Angular Component Libraries and Accessibility

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

Accessible Routing in JavaScript Frameworks

Lost in Transition In my role as a Developer Consultant with Deque, I get asked a variety of questions on how to implement and fix technical accessibility issues. One topic that always seems to be at the forefront of everything else that developers have asked is ‘How do I manage focus in my JavaScript framework?’.… Continue reading Accessible Routing in JavaScript Frameworks

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?

axe-core Integrations Update

Following our release of axe-core 4.0 and the upcoming release of axe DevTools 4.0, we’ve made some changes to our other open-source packages. This post will detail the important changes and provide some insight into the reasons we made them. Possibly the biggest change we’re making is migrating all open-source axe-core integrations to new locations.… Continue reading axe-core Integrations Update

What to look for in an accessibility audit

If your organization is completely new to digital accessibility, an audit or assessment is a great place to start to see where your organization stands. An accessibility audit is a combination of automated and manual testing done by accessibility experts using assistive technologies in various testing states. A detailed audit is a thorough review of… Continue reading What to look for in an accessibility audit

WCAG 2.2 Overview and Feedback

A working draft of version 2.2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) has been published for feedback. WebAIM is thrilled to see the work on these formative guidelines continuing and we appreciate the efforts of the W3C’s Accessibility Guidelines working group. Below are WebAIM’s plain language summaries of each of the new proposed success… Continue reading WCAG 2.2 Overview and Feedback