Towards Digital Inclusion: Deque at Accessing Higher Ground

The 19th annual Accessing Higher Ground Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference is taking place next week in Westminster, Colorado, and Deque will be there. Come visit us at booth 8 and stay for presentations given by Principal Accessibility Strategist John Foliot and Principal Web Accessibility Consultant and Trainer Denis Boudreau. Topics covered include sustainable accessibility, inclusive design and UX, accessible social media and more.

Accessibility for User Experience Designers

In this post, JavaScript Developer Matt Isner details the ins and outs of accessible design for user experience designers. Matt covers everything from the initial design stage to the technical specifics, with several tips and practical “Deque How To” hacks to help you ensure that your website is accessible by design. Remember, solving accessibility problems means improving usability for everyone!

Building Accessible Buttons with ARIA: A11y Support Series

Previously Paul J. Adam explained how to build ARIA role=”alert” Modal Dialogs in his A11y support series. In his latest post in the series, Paul details how to build another ARIA widget: a simple role=”button” UI control. He also explains what screen reader and browser combinations are supported when using other ARIA attributes allowed on role=”button.”

A11y Hacks for the Blind: Navigating GitHub & the W3C

Birkir Gunnarsson is a former Senior Subject Matter Expert for Deque. Recently, he helped form BATS (Blind Accessibility Testers Society), which is dedicated to helping blind web users working in the field of accessibility. This post is a recap of Birkir’s contributions to BATS, where he details how to use GitHub with a screenreader and participate in conference calls for the W3C.

Real-Time Remote Usability Testing with Screen Reader Users, Part 2: Tips & Tricks

Here’s part 2 of Caitlin Geier’s 2-part series on remote usability testing with screen readers. In her second post, Caitlin covers important points to remember when setting up, recording, and observing the test. She offers several helpful and practical suggestions to make remote usability testing as easy as possible for both parties.