What is Section 508?

Section 508, part of the Rehabilitation Act, applies to the accessibility of electronic information technologies (EIT).  It pertains specifically to EIT utilized or managed by federal organizations.  Simply put, compliant websites or applications will provide users and employees who have a disability with all of the same information and access as users and employees who […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Digital Accessibility is a Civil Right

From a development perspective, a lot of digital 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 […]

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 […]

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