The Trouble with Accessibility Overlays

I think it’s safe to say that the word is out: accessibility overlays do not work. In fact, if you Google “accessibility overlay”, you’ll get more results about how they don’t work than results about the products themselves.  And there is plenty written about why these do not work—and how they might actually cause you some trouble.  But […]

The Harvard Content Accessibility Lawsuit

Here are some fast facts about the recently settled high profile web content accessibility lawsuits filed against Harvard and MIT.  Both of these lawsuits were officially settled in February 2020 by way of consent decrees.  Each school agreed to a new accessibility standard for all future content. They also agreed to bring all existing content […]

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 […]

Is Virtual Reality Accessible?

When most people think of virtual reality (VR), they think of video games. And it’s true that this is still the primary use case being sold by the industry. But the future of VR extends far beyond entertainment. VR and AR (Augmented Reality) are already being adapted in educational and business settings. And as the […]

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 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 […]

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