Coming Next: WCAG 2.2

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It is a myth that website accessibility is a once and done exercise. Similar to how SEO’s follow every Google algorithm update and chase the results to see what blew up, accessibility for websites and apps is also in a constant state of fluctuation.

In other words, you can’t make a change in your code and think it will last forever.

Computer devices change. Browsers change. Technology changes. Standards change. Rules, guidelines and laws change, in every state, province and country.

How business is conducted online changes too.

These changes are driven by me and you. Your children. Your families. Friends. Neighbors. Customers. Clients. Employees.

Accessibility Design Includes You (Sooner or Later)

Accessibility design is referred to as inclusive design because we not only must learn how to use the web, we may also need help to use it at all.

We grow older. We are unique. We are born with disabilities and sometimes develop them over the course of our lives. We break an arm, or hand or suffer from depression or a temporary emotional freak out from stress or an emergency.

We need our computers in different ways in those crazy moments and normal daily ones. It is out of this understanding and respect for you, that website accessibility testing is done. It is a not an automated quick fix by AI.

Because you are not robots.

WCAG 2.2

The first draft of WCAG 2.2 was made available on August 11. To get an idea of the work involved in changing accessibility guidelines, take a look at the comments at GitHub.

It is backwards compatible to WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1. There are nine new success criteria in WCAG 2.2, which is expected to be officially adapted later this year.

New Success Criteria for WCAG 2.2

WCAG 3.0 is On Deck

It will NOT be backwards compatible. In fact, it is a do-over.

The WCAG3.0 August 27 Editor’s Draft can be read now.

“WCAG 3.0 uses a framework that allows it to address more disability needs than WCAG 2.X, as well as address publishing requirements and emerging technologies on the web such as web XR (augmented, virtual and mixed reality) and voice input. It will also provide non-normative information about the ways web technologies need to work with authoring tools, user agents, and assistive technologies.”

Fasten your seat belts.

Kim’s Notes June 10

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“Courts across the nation are split on what it means for a website to be considered a place of public accommodation under the ADA. The Ninth Circuit, discussed above, finds that the ADA applies to websites if there is a “nexus” between the website and the company’s “physical space” open to the public.

For example, in Earll v. eBay Inc., the Ninth Circuit concluded that eBay is not subject to the ADA because its services are not connected to any “actual physical place.” Courts in the Third, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits share this view. However, courts in the First, Second, and Seventh Circuits have adopted a more expansive definition of a “place of public accommodation” encompassing more than actual physical structures.”

INSIGHT: Covid-19 Causing a Surge in E-Commerce—Is Your Website Accessible?

Dark Patterns

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Paul Boag has a nice series of articles and video on website conversions manipulative practices known as Dark Patterns.

Dark Patterns and Aggressive Persuasion – 3 Reasons to Avoid!

Website Accessibility Services

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I included basic accessibility as part of my website usability reviews starting in 2001. That was when I was still moonlighting as an SEO, who branched off into usability and blended the two standards and methods into what I called “Holistic SEO and UX”.

Today, I am certified in several areas of web site accessibility, providing WCAG and Section 508 assistance to website owners. As more companies understand the conversions value of inclusive design for usability, SEO and accessibility, they seek someone to guide them on best practices.

Quick Accessibility Check for Peace of Mind

I provide an affordable Website Accessibility Threat Assessment Check. It is offered through my business website and also by my partner, Hochman Consultants. This option is designed for small businesses on tight budgets, and the web designers who support them. The report offers insights into any problem areas that need addressing. For additional help, if needed, we discuss how to help you in ways you are comfortable with.

Full Website Accessibility Site Checks or Audits

There are always new guidelines for accessibility coming out. The next round of official WCAG guidelines is in draft mode now. The last update, WCAG2.1, was due to mobile design and addressing additional needs for disabled persons.

Is your website keeping up with web site accessibility compliance? The site audits are offered by a customized proposal after we discuss your needs and goals. I’m dedicated to making your website accessibility investment lucrative for you. No accessibility site audit is cookie cutter. The reports are confidential and created specifically for your website requirements.

Reach out to me after exploring more information about website accessibility site audits on my company website. I also provide this service through my partner, Hochman Consulting, as part of the many web site services and usability services we provide.

Choice Architecture and Nudges

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Interesting articles.

Should Governments Nudge Us to Make Good Choices? ” In the past five years several governments have begun to guide people toward making better choices—for themselves and for society—by using behavioral science research. Scientists refer to choice architecture interventions that push people toward a certain outcome as “nudges.” “

Why Are People Ignoring Expert Warnings?—Psychological Reactance

“Increasingly, experts are branded cultural elites who snobbishly look down on the common man. This makes reactance a convenient way to stick it to the elites who are trying to stifle our freedom by dictating to the masses.”

Ted Talk – The New Era of Positive Psychology by Martin Seligman

“Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?”

Assistance Doesn’t Need to be Technical

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Blind and low vision people who want help from people can reach out to Be My Eyes.

“Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call. ” — About bemyeyes.com

Screenshot of information from Bemyeyes.com describing what it is for.