Monday, October 24th, 2011
Twin Red-Headed Stepchildren Of A Different Mother: The Usability of Accessibility (TNT7)
Abstract: Web accessibility as a discipline is extremely varied and potentially complicated. The issues can take time to learn, but are not just important for fulfilling the legal requirements for disabled users but also for enhancing usability…
Michael Fienen (nuCloud)
Dylan Wilbanks (Company To Be Named Later)
A few mic problems, but full steam ahead.
Moved from edu (that cared about accessibility) to a com that didn’t. But they really care about usability.
3 ways to implement.
Are the CMS vendors supporting ARIA and WCAG standards. Need to add rolls and landmarks to code. Color contrast needs 4.5 to 1. Don’t use display:none on content you want screen readers to “see”.
Most interactive component on site.
Captions are not just about the deaf. SEO and international users.
Testing, testing, testing… Start simple, then iterate.
Rough 3 fold test – 1) change image to see how it would look to the colorblind. 1 in 10/15 men are colorblind 2) rip out keyboard and try to navigate. 3) get a scene reader.
EARLY AND OFTEN.