Posts By Denis Boudreau

Denis Boudreau is a Principal Web Accessibility Consultant, Strategist and Trainer at Deque. He's a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the Education and Outreach Working Group, advocating social inclusion on the Web. Denis runs the a11yMTL monthly meetings and annual conference in Montreal, and is obsessed with UX and digital inclusion. He's especially passionate about design that's both engaging and accessible to everyone.

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How Current Design Trends Affect Web Accessibility

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When you design with the average user in mind, you design for no one! Web design has come a long way in the past few years, but some new design trends are making websites inaccessible to people with disabilities. In this post, principal accessibility strategist Denis Boudreau reveals some of the most common current design trends that are causing accessibility issues - along with suggestions on how to work around them. Continue Reading How Current Design Trends Affect Web Accessibility

Pragmatica11y: Understanding the Basics of Web Accessibility Testing

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In the last few blog posts from this column, we've discussed the importance of focusing on core accessibility rules when it comes to tackling web accessibility requirements so designers and developers really understand what the different WCAG 2.0 guidelines and Success Criteria mean. Prior to that, we had also discussed the importance of leaving designers and developers some breathing room so they could come up… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: Understanding the Basics of Web Accessibility Testing

Pragmatica11y: Teaching Accessibility Core Rules

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Following in the footsteps of the discussion initiated last month, allow me to go further down the path of the so-called "accessibility core rules" as we cover the remaining accessibility principles that are operable, understandable, and robust. A lot of people have written on the POUR principles over the past four and a half years. My intent is not to do that all over again… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: Teaching Accessibility Core Rules

Requirements for Accessible PDF part four: Proper Conversion Process

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In the first three parts of this series, we've looked at ways through which content can be optimized directly in the authoring source document, so accessibility is built right in from the very beginning. We've argued why it was preferable to build accessibility right in, rather than waiting until the document had been converted from an authoring source to bolt it on the resulting PDF.… Continue Reading Requirements for Accessible PDF part four: Proper Conversion Process

Pragmatica11y: Perception is everything

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Back when I was a student in classic literature and creative writing some 20 years ago, one of our teachers showed how perception is often more important than the message we mean to convey. On the very first day, as we entered the room, seven words were written on the blackboard: "A woman without her man is nothing." The teacher was standing in the front… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: Perception is everything

Requirements for Accessible PDF part 3 – Authoring Best Practices

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While this post is not meant as tutorial on creating accessible content with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, keeping the following pointers in mind will help build accessibility right in the source documents - this list covers a few of the most important things to keep in mind. And as we saw in the previous posts, building accessibility in our source document is usually better than… Continue Reading Requirements for Accessible PDF part 3 – Authoring Best Practices

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