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Electronic information and accessible technology

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Presented to the National Association of ADA Coordinators, Fall 2016.

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Electronic information and accessible technology

  1. 1. Electronic Information & Accessible Technology Planning for Accessibility
  2. 2. Three types of projects: 1) Developing new projects 2) Acquiring new online services 3) Updating existing projects
  3. 3. Common issues in projects 1) Training users on content creation 2) Getting accessibility-related documentation 3) Assessing accessibility status 4) Maintaining accessibility once achieved
  4. 4. Common issues in projects 1) Training users on content creation 2) Getting accessibility-related documentation 3) Assessing accessibility status 4) Maintaining accessibility once achieved
  5. 5. Assessing Accessibility
  6. 6. Do-it-yourself Testing
  7. 7. Keyboard Accessibility 1) Unplug your mouse 2) Place your cursor in the address bar 3) Press the 'tab' key and 'shift + tab' Can you get to everything? Can you tell where you are?
  8. 8. Form Labeling 1) On each form input, click on what appears to be the label. Is the form field focused? Is it the field you expected? * Note: a field can be labeled without a visible label.
  9. 9. Alternative Text 1) Disable images in your browser. Is there information missing? Do you get what you need to use this page?
  10. 10. High Contrast Mode 1) Enable high contrast mode in your operating system Are you missing any information?
  11. 11. Enlarge Text 1) Use your browser to change the size of text a) Firefox: View > Zoom > Zoom Text Only b) Ctrl + + to enlarge; Ctrl + 0 to reset Does the text overlap when enlarged? Can you see all the available text?
  12. 12. Check for Captions and Transcripts 1) For videos, go to view the video. Is there an option to enable captions? Are the captions accurate? 2) For video and audio, is there a transcript available?
  13. 13. Disable Cascading Style Sheets 1) Disable CSS a) Firefox: View > Page Style > No style Do you see elements on the page in the order you expect them to appear in? Are you able to make sense of the site without the design?
  14. 14. Automation & Tools
  15. 15. Fully Automated Testing 1) Set up automatic tests to run on a schedule or after a specific action. 2) Test a large volume of material. 3) Only tests a small percentage of issues.
  16. 16. Machine Assisted Testing 1) Requires human interaction to run each test 2) Tests one page at a time 3) Brings up a large volume of issues, some may not be real problems.
  17. 17. User Assisted Testing
  18. 18. Testing by Users with Disabilities 1) Entirely manual 2) Reports are human produced 3) Best way to assess specific problems 4) Individual results may have fundamental limitations
  19. 19. Maintaining Accessibility - Accessibility is not "set it and forget it" - Assessments should be repeated regularly - Automated monitoring helps catch creeping or common issues
  20. 20. How do you start? - Perform basic do-it-yourself tests - Demonstrate the general level of accessibility you can expect - Give you initial feedback about the existing knowledge and level of care from the development team - Are not definitive!
  21. 21. Contact Me Joe Dolson https://www.joedolson.com joe@joedolson.com

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