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Kim’s Notes December 16, 2019

Accessibility design begins at the start of a project. Start thinking about all the types of people using the website. 1 billion people are disabled according to the Health Org. Add people who don’t identify as disabled, add people who experience temporary or situational disabilities, age, friends and family of people with disabilities = 7.7 billion A11Y lead to audiobooks and video captions and other innovations. It is too expensive to ignore A11Y. Political and health websites ignore inclusion at their own risk.

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Kim’s Notes November 21, 2019

When using images for text that describes an action the user takes, describe that action in the alt attribute text. A logo alt can simply say the brand name. Do not stuff keywords in logo alt attributes. Avoid putting navigation links in text. They may not resize properly and become unreadable when magnified. Ads with text – put all the content in the image into the alt attribute. The title attribute can be used to provide advisory information. It does not replace the alt attribute. Iframes Screen reader users can navigate by iframes. Each iframe needs a title for screen readers. <iframe title=”YouTube…

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Kim’s Notes November 20, 2019

Blind people navigate web pages by scanning headings inside screen readers to quickly understand content and layout. For example, in JAWS, the “H” key jumps from one heading to the next, reading them in sequential order, no matter what level the heading is (h1, h2, h3, etc.). The “1” Key jumps through all of the level 1 headings (<h1>). The “2” key jumps through all of the level 2 headings (<h2>), and so on. One of the main reasons to start with <h1> at the beginning of the main content is because screen reader users may use keyboard shortcuts to navigate directly…

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Kim’s Notes October 29, 2019

User Experience Should Be Obvious It may not always be obvious to people with disabilities if they run into problems with a website if the frustration is due to accessibility compliance errors or usability problems. If someone can’t figure out how to use the site they may assume it is inaccessible even if it is technically compliant. Take away the guess work and build a usable website. When linking off-page, always indicate to screen readers and sighted users. Links MUST be visually distinguishable from surrounding text.

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