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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Pragmatica11y: A New Approach to Web Accessibility – Learning to Let Go

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In last month's post, I discussed the need to take a step back in the way we advocate for inclusion so the community of people who build websites would enjoy more breathing room when it came to implementing Web accessibility best practices in their work. This post is about forgetting what we want for a minute and thinking about what designers and developers want, about… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: A New Approach to Web Accessibility – Learning to Let Go

Requirements for an Accessible PDF: Part 2 – Common Accessibility Barriers

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In the first post of this series, we covered why integrating accessibility at the very first steps of a project can be beneficial to the process of PDF remediation. We also covered why it is always better to plan accessibility in advance, by building it into the source document rather than bolting it onto the PDF document. The most efficient way to build in accessibility… Continue Reading Requirements for an Accessible PDF: Part 2 – Common Accessibility Barriers

Requirements for an Accessible PDF: Part 1

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When asked what the most important PDF accessibility requirements are, most people will tell you that in order to be considered accessible, PDF documents need to: Be tagged using semantic markup so they become easily navigable by assistive technologies such as screen readers and refreshable braille displays Have their logical reading order specified independently of their visual appearance so their accessibility is enhanced for people… Continue Reading Requirements for an Accessible PDF: Part 1

Pragmatica11y: On critical thinking and being acc-sexy-ble

Pragmatically with Denis Bourdeau

I want to tell you a story about a community of passionate individuals, fueled by the desire to make the Web a more accessible place for everyone: one that values inclusion and diversity. One that passionately believes people with disabilities and the elderly deserve to use the Web like the rest of us. A community that has become cloistered and has repeatedly burned bridges as… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: On critical thinking and being acc-sexy-ble

Welcome to “Pragmatica11y”

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I like to think of myself as being a pragmatic. I'm also very passionate about what we affectionately call "a11y", or accessibility. So it should come as no surprise that when Deque asked me how I wanted to name this new column for our blog, I decided to call it  "pragmatica11y". To me, "pragmatic accessibility" means keeping an open mind about different ideas and accepting… Continue Reading Welcome to “Pragmatica11y”

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