From Deque’s Accessibility Experts
As a website accessibility company, we look to a core group of experts to keep us up to date on the latest in accessibility trends and information. But we wondered: how do the experts stay on top of such a fast moving field? We recently asked some of our #a11ychat hosts and website accessibility experts to share their favorite accessibility resources on the web.
They all agreed that Twitter was the best place to keep updated with real time data and discussions. They regularly follow the conversations at hashtags: a11y, #wa11y and #accessibility. While most of our hosts agreed that they don’t follow blogs on a daily basis, they provided a great list of blogs and resources they trust and go to when trying to solve problems.
This award-winning newsletter is updated each time a new link is added to the Web Design Reference Site, and focuses on elements of user experience, accessibility, web standards and more.
An independent UK site, Juicy Studio features articles about best practices in web development, with accessibility a prime focus. Users can access free accessibility tools such as a readability test, a luminosity color contrast analyzer, and an image analyzer. The site even allows users to switch to a high-contrast version of the site to provide better access.
A technology accessibility specialist at the University of Washington, Terrill Thompson’s site features numerous accessibility resources including educational slides, accessibility analysis tests and a blog (http://terrillthompson.com/blog/) with the latest accessibility news.
The Paciello Group Blog
This blog by accessibility consultants focuses on accessible web development.
Henny Swan’s blog features a variety of web accessibility articles with a focus on mobile. Henny is an accessibility specialist with over 10 years’ experience. She focuses on video on demand and mobile as well as strategy and currently work on cross device media player accessibility (iPlayer) at the BBC.
Illinois Center for Information Technology and Web Accessibility
The center’s website contains numerous resources such as best practices, training and links to additional information.
Open Ajax Examples
Handy grid contains example markup for developers.
Features helpful tutorials on testing for web accessibility from renowned accessibility expert Jim Thatcher. You’d be hard-pressed to find another person with more experience in the web accessibility field.
Marco’s Accessibility Blog
Accessibility blog from Mozilla’s accessibility QA engineer.
This site offers a variety of resources to learn about web accessibility. Features free and premium content.
Media Access Australia
Media Access is an Australian non-profit devoted to accessible media content. The latest news section is a great source for new developments in web accessibility.
This blog focuses on accessibility and agile web development. Karl Groves is an independent accessibility consultant with nearly a decade of professional experience in web design/development and over 6 years experience doing usability and accessibility consulting.
Thank you to our contributors to this post – Glenda Sims (@goodwitch), Denis Boudreau (@dboudreau), and Todd Liebsch (@devineTdesign)! Join us for our next #a11ychat, you may find that it is a great accessibility resource too! July’s chat is at 4pm EDT on July 22nd.
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