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A mini-tutorial made at Web Accessibility Unconference London 21 Sept. 2010 and Technical Communication UK 23 Sept. 2010.

A mini-tutorial made at Web Accessibility Unconference London 21 Sept. 2010 and Technical Communication UK 23 Sept. 2010.

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    • Technical Communication and Inclusion Karen Mardahl #a11yldn – 21 Sept. 2010 #tcuk10 – 23 Sept. 2010
    • Preaching Accessibility Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:039.Moses_Comes_Down_from_Mount_Sinai.jpg
    • Preaching Accessibility Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:039.Moses_Comes_Down_from_Mount_Sinai.jpg P erceivable O perable U nderstandable R obust
    • Exclusion Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxypar4/2168375264/
    • So where do we start? Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasfrederick/206227407/
    • How to…
      • Make videos accessible to Deaf or hard-of-hearing (HOH) people (transcripts & captioning)
      • Make accessible PDFs
        • Write good ALT text
        • Write in plain language
    • The Transcript Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasfrederick/206227407/
    • Transcribing Layout 1 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Transcribing Layout 2 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The Captions Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasfrederick/206227407/
    • Uploading the Video Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Technical details of the video Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Processing the video Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Adding Captions
      • Note the failed machine transcription.
      • PS This is where many people stop and publish.
      Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Do we add captions…
      • We don’t have a file with time codes, so we can’t.
      Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Or do we add a transcript? Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Your caption file is processed Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • And the caption file is added! Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Turn on the captions! Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Captions appear!
      • It’s magic. Seriously!
      Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Grabbing the caption file for editing Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The amazing file of time codes Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Uploading the edited caption file Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The bonus… Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The interactive transcript Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The PDF Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasfrederick/206227407/
    • Eating Your Own Dog Food Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 Report from a meeting about accessibility was… inaccessible! Ewww
    • Ten Steps to Accessible PDFs Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
      • Use a structured source document (+ alt text !)
      • Save/export document as tagged PDF
      • Add title, author, subject, and keywords
      • Add bookmarks
      • Initial view
      • Specify the reading language
      • Correct the reading order
      • Use PDF Optimizer
      • Enable Adobe Reader features
      • Check accessibility
    • PDF Accessibility Check Walk-Through Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 With the accessibility checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro 9. Gotcha: Business who scan all incoming docs – these become inaccessible images. Hmm. Action: Find solution. OCR??
    • Warning: You must turn on your brain, keep it turned on throughout the following process, and, most important of all, use it. Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Warning: You must turn on your brain, keep it turned on throughout the following process, and, most important of all, use it. Why? Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The greatest accessibility checker of all is… Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The greatest accessibility checker of all is… your brain. Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Checking your PDF Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Preparing Options for Full Check Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Ouch Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The Accessibility Report – 1 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • The Accessibility Report – 2 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Navigating to Errors Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Fixing the PDF Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • TouchUp Reading Order Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Heading in an Image – Oops! Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Editing the Alt Text – 1 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Editing the Alt Text – 2 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Using the Order Panel – 1 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Using the Content Panel – 1 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Using the Content Panel – 2 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Using the Tags Panel – 1 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Using the Tags Panel – 2 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Using the Tags Panel – 3 Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Editing Requires Care Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Revealing Sins Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Table in the Content Panel Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Table in the Tags Panel Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • A Side Note Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • You’re not alone… Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/38504374@N02/3606527857/
    • There are plenty of communities for learning available for you today. That includes opportunities for awareness raising – like Pesky People – www.peskypeople.co.uk. Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Resources - 1
      • Where to discuss, learn, and ask questions?
      • http://webaim.org/community/
      • LinkedIn: “IBM Accessibility” and “Society for Technical Communication, AccessAbility SIG”
      • http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/training/online/webdesign/webdev_listserv.htm (newsletter)
      • http://www.headstar.com/eablive/ (sign up for great newsletter)
      • Where to discuss and learn ”live”?
      • Monitor http://lanyrd.com/topics/accessibility/, http://keycontent.org/tiki-calendar.php, and the Twitter account @a11yevents for information about conferences, barcamps, and other face-to-face events.
      Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Resources - 2
      • What to read?
      • Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design by Shawn Lawton-Henry (also available online for free at http://www.uiaccess.com/accessucd/)
      • Letting Go of the Words by Ginny Redish (http://www.redish.net/content/books/lettinggoofthewords.html)
      • Who to follow in social media?
      • Find lots of great names from the collection at http://twitter.com/stcaccess/lists/
      Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10
    • Thank you! This conversation is unfinished. Let’s work on it through Twitter (@stcaccess) and www.stc-access.org. Me? @kmdk, karen@mardahl.dk, and http://flavors.me/kmdk Karen Mardahl - #a11yldn - #tcuk10