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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) ?>

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a set of laws that go about making the province more accessible. The goal is to make the government, non-profits and private sector businesses accessible to the 15.5% of Ontarians with disabilities.  The law was passed in 2005, it has many goals and timelines but the main objective is to make the entire province accessible by 2025. Although the laws cover various types of accessibility, for this article we will focus on the online  requirements.   Who? Nonprofits…

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The Four Principles of Accessibility ?>

The Four Principles of Accessibility

The four principles of accessibility are the key factors to consider when building accessible web pages. They are the basic requirements that must be met in order for users to be able to make sense of a web page. If you don’t considering these factors, your site may fail to meet the needs of your users and you could lose business. The four principles are perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. Perceivable This means that content must be presented in a way that it…

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Use tabindex Sparingly

One of the biggest causes of tabbing issues arise from the incorrect use of tabindex. Sometimes a developer may try to control the tab flow of a page by using tabindex, this should be avoided. By default the tab flow of a page should go in the order that the elements occur, so you shouldn’t need to use tabindex. If you’ve coded everything correctly the tab order should work how it is suppose to. With that said there are two special cases where you…

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Manual Web Accessibility Testing ?>

Manual Web Accessibility Testing

Manual web accessibility testing is an important step in the testing of a web application. As we discussed previously the first step in testing a web site is to run automated tests with tools. After which the HTML can be cleaned up to match W3C standards. Next you will need to start testing using the keyboard. Manual web accessibility testing helps identify locations where keyboard only user will have difficulties using the web page. Use Tab and Shift+Tab The key to keyboard testing is to find places where a user…

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Web Accessibility Testing Tools ?>

Web Accessibility Testing Tools

Web accessibility testing can seem like a tedious task, especially if you don’t know where to start.  We have already discussed why web accessibility is important in a previous post, if you haven’t read it yet, it is a good place to start. Getting started with web accessibility testing can be made easier by using tools, we will look at 3 of them. W3C Markup Validator This tool isn’t directly testing web accessibility, but it does check to see that a page is coded…

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Web accessibility is Important For Your Business ?>

Web accessibility is Important For Your Business

People often ask why is web accessibility important? This is an good question as it sheds light on the lack of awareness about the topic. Also, asking the question is a great starting point for a discussion. Below we will look at three reasons why web accessibility is important for your business. Market It is estimated by the WHO that 1 in 7 people have a disability, this equates to over 1 billion people. The 2010 US census found that nearly 1 in 5 people in the USA have…

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