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08. July 11

Interpreting WCAG 2.0
Does a 'talking head' video need captions?

When videos of ‘talking heads’ (like news reporters or politicians) are posted on websites conforming to WCAG 2.0, do they always require captions?   [more] zu: Interpreting WCAG 2.0 - Does a 'talking head' video need captions?

 

04. July 11

Tests
The case for text-only resizing: a look at twenty online news sites

One requirement of WCAG 2.0 is that text can be resized by 200% without the loss of content or functionality. In this article, we look at twenty online news portals ans online newspapers to check how well text resizing is currently supported.   [more] zu: Tests - The case for text-only resizing: a look at twenty online news sites

 

29. June 11

Tests
The accessibility of Facebook, Part 2: Account and Profile Settings

Part 1 of our Facebook test focused on the initial registration process. In the second part of our test, we investigate whether customising account and profile settings causes accessibility issues.   [more] zu: Tests - The accessibility of Facebook, Part 2: Account and Profile Settings

 

20. June 11

Dynamic content
Dealing with hidden content: what is best for screen reader users?

A recent article by Aaron Gustafson on "A list apart" raised the interesting issue whether content hidden through JavaScript should also be hidden for screen reader users. We would like to pick up the debate where it broke off.   [more] zu: Dynamic content - Dealing with hidden content: what is best for screen reader users?

 

17. June 11

Test development
Mapping WCAG techniques to German WCAG-Test (BITV-Test) now complete

The mapping excercise between tests in WCAG 2.0 techniques and the new BITV-Test (to all intents and purposes, a German WCAG test) has now been completed.   [more] zu: Test development - Mapping WCAG techniques to German WCAG-Test (BITV-Test) now complete

 

30. May 11

Tests
The accessibility of Facebook, Part 1: Registration

How accessible is Facebook for users with disabilities? We have set up three tests to find out. In our first test, we look at the Facebook registration process.   [more] zu: Tests - The accessibility of Facebook, Part 1: Registration

 

16. February 11

Accessible web applications
Structuring forms for better accessibility

Many form design tutorials do not cover aspects of accessibility. This article therefore takes a closer look at the way blind and visually impaired users interact with forms, and gives recommendations for sound structural mark-up.   [more] zu: Accessible web applications - Structuring forms for better accessibility

 

06. December 10

Test development
Mapping tests in WCAG 2.0 Techniques and Failures onto the WCAG-Test

WCAG 2.0 has hundreds of Techniques and Failures. Many contain at their end Tests with a single step-by-step Procedure and Expected Results. To make sure that BIK's WCAG-Test (under preparation) can claim equivalence to the tests in WCAG 2.0 Techniques and Failures, a mapping excercise is currently being conducted.   [more] zu: Test development - Mapping tests in WCAG 2.0 Techniques and Failures onto the WCAG-Test

 

30. November 10

Standards development
The accessibility of WAI-ARIA

Our latest article, "The accessibility of WAI-ARIA", is published by "A List Apart". WAI-ARIA is an upcoming W3C candidate recommendation aimed at making web applications more accessible to blind and visually impaired users. But, can we recommend WAI-ARIA without reservation?   [more] zu: Standards development - The accessibility of WAI-ARIA

 

15. September 10

Dynamic content
Accessible lightboxes?

Lightboxes have become widespread. Where once we would see a new window or a system dialogue pop up, we now see the background darken and a lightbox unfold. Can lightboxes be implemented in an accessible way?   [more] zu: Dynamic content - Accessible lightboxes?

 

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