HTML5 sectioning elements and screen readers

 (Please note that the Edge browser has been updated since this testing was conducted.) HTML5 offers a number of sectioning elements, which might be perceived as equivalent to Aria roles. Actually only some of these elements are fully equivalent to ARIA roles, so they should be used very carefully. Attention should even be paid

Pro bono accessibility testing for bushfire resources

The bushfires ravaging our country have destroyed millions of acres of land, displaced thousands of people and killed hundreds of thousands of animals. Smoke has invaded our cities and suburbs, making breathing difficult and forcing most of us to remain indoors.   Though we are proud to have made a foothold in accessibility markets around

Overview of social media accessibility

Overview of accessibility of popular social media platforms Every year, AccessibilityOz does an analysis of the accessibility of popular social media platforms. This year, the following social media platforms were tested: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter YouTube The following user journeys were tested: Register an account Log in Read a post Submit an item (with

Social media accessibility features

Overview of accessibility features in social media Accessibility features, in this instance, is defined as the ability to add alt attributes to an image, or (in YouTube only) captions and audio descriptions Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter YouTube Desktop Pass N/A Pass Pass Pass Pass / Fail iOS Pass Pass Fail Pass Pass Fail Android

Social Media Accessibility: Turning Off Autoplay

Overview of autoplay and video accessibility in social media Autoplay is a serious accessibility issue. We tested whether videos autoplayed on social media, as well as whether it was possible to turn off this feature. In addition, we tested whether the video could be paused by the mouse, keyboard and touch. Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest

Social media screen reader accessibility compliance testing

Desktop screen reader results In the following chart, the “Difficult” result indicates that an experienced screen reader user is able to perform the task, but with difficulty. A novice screen reader user would probably not be able to complete the task. Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter YouTube Register Fail Fail Difficult Difficult Difficult Difficult Login

New Mobile Accessibility Testing Methodology – Your Input Requested!

Prevalence of Mobile The internet has been taken over by mobile. On any given day, user time on mobile devices surpasses user time on desktop computers. This is a recent development; until 2014, desktop use was still greater than mobile use. Conveniently, mobile technology offers innovative native accessibility features such as screen readers, haptic keyboards,

Accessibility Webinars, Workshops and Training, Oh My!

Training and Workshops in DC, the Bay Area and free accessibility webinars! Accessibility Workshops Find us at the 4th annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium in Washington, DC! CEO Gian Wild will be presenting and running training on several topics: Mobile Accessibility Testing Workshop Monday, September 30th Where are you with your iOS and Android accessibility

How to Read a VPAT

Check out our webinar, How to Read a VPAT. What is a VPAT A VPAT is an overview of the accessibility compliance of a product. It is often owned and assessed by the product’s vendor – though that’s not necessarily a good idea. It is required by the Section 508 Refresh and almost all Federal

Social media and alternative text features by a blind person

Social awareness I have a friend who manufactures braille plates. These plates usually contain room numbers and basic information about offices and the other places in which they are located. Once, I asked my friend, “Mark, why are your plates so huge and so visible? Blind people do not need this.” He answered: “Visible plates