• The Evolution of Distance Learning
    Distance learning isn’t a new thing. There are examples of distance learning dating back as far as 1728.  It fills an important role: making education more accessible and widely available.  Students in these courses don’t need to commute and enjoy much more flexibility.   Now, more people than ever are doing online classes.  And that number is very likely to continue to grow.  So let’s take … Read more
  • WCAG Vocabulary Explained
      WCAG is broken up into four sections that outline important accessibility considerations. But the language used to define these sections is a bit abstract.  And the items contained within these sections use some very technical language.  If you’re not a developer, it can be challenging to figure out just what these guidelines are talking about.  Let’s break these sections down one by one.    … Read more
  • What is WCAG 2.0?
    What Does WCAG Stand For? If you’ve ever looked up ‘web accessibility’, chances are, you’ve come across WCAG, WCAG 2.0, or some variation of this. WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. WCAG 2.0 is the current working web accessibility standard. See, at the time of writing, there is no official standard for ADA compliance on the web. However, that doesn't mean the ADA doesn't … Read more
  • What is ARIA?
    ARIA stands for Accessible Rich Internet Applications. You may also see it written WAI-ARIA, which stands for Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications. ARIA is a set of HTML attributes that let us add information to our elements to be used by assistive devices. Semantic HTML gives us some of this information but ARIA adds more extensive support. They can add context to … Read more
  • The Benefits of Accessible Content
    There are obvious benefits to creating accessible content.  Your available audience grows. You avoid legal troubles. But there are also some less obvious benefits that might surprise you.    Better Code Practices    Imagine a simple home page or a table of contents in an ePub. This may be made up of a few simple lines of code—or hundreds of lines of poorly optimized scribblings.  In … Read more
  • Accessibility Consulting Red Flags
    Digital accessibility is becoming more and more of a concern for businesses and organizations that utilize web applications or digital content.  There are some obvious ethical and practical reasons behind this.  And there are some very compelling legal reasons behind it as well. From the year 2017 to 2018, the number of web accessibility lawsuits shot up by 181%.  And that number continues to rise.  … Read more
  • Digital Accessibility is a Civil Right
      From a development perspective, a lot of accessibility boils down to best practices. Things like Semantic HTML and well-written alt-tags make it easier for other developers to read and work on your content or website. And things like captions, subtitles, and transcripts make content more versatile.  Someone trying to view your video content in a noisy room or a bus might simply be grateful … Read more
  • What’s the Difference Between an eBook and an ePub?
    First off, What’s an eBook?  The term eBook is short for electronic book.  The term refers to any book that is accessed on a digital device.  That device could be an eBook reader, a mobile phone, a computer, or even a screen reader.  eBooks come in a variety of different types—including the ePub type. Think of it this way: That best seller you got off … Read more
  • How Semantic HTML Tags Make Your Content Accessible
    Web and Digital Content Accessibility Starts with HTML  The HTML structure of a website is like a roadmap.  It tells your browser where elements should go on the page and denotes the relationships of those elements with other resources, such as an external CSS stylesheet or external scripts.  Just like a roadmap, your HTML can either be easy to follow or very difficult to follow.  … Read more
  • What is Semantic HTML?
    What exactly is Semantic HTML?  Simply put, Semantic HTML refers to HTML code written using proper and descriptive tags—also known as, you guessed it, semantic tags.  Instead of simply indicating the beginning of a new section or denoting which portion of a page will carry a certain tag or ID,  semantic HTML tags tell us—and our browser—the intended purpose of the content contained in the … Read more
  • Best Practices for Video Accessibility
    For some, the presence of a video on a computer screen is… just that.  A video.  Information presented in the form of images and sound.  For others, that video is a gap in the information accessible to them from the website, EPUB or document as a whole. You’ve put time into your message. You’ve put effort into directing that message toward an audience. So learn … Read more