Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF

GOV.UK exists to make government services and information as easy as possible to find and use. For that reason, we’re not huge fans of PDFs on GOV.UK. Compared with HTML content, information published in a PDF is harder to find, use and maintain. More importantly, unless created with sufficient care PDFs can often be bad for accessibility and rarelyContinue reading “Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF”

Accessibility: Usability for all | Interaction Design Foundation

Let’s examine a topic we often take for granted to understand what it’s really about. Doing so, you’ll be able to proceed with a broader appreciation of how users engage your designs. … A design is only useful if it’s accessible to the user: any user, anywhere, anytime. We often mistake the concept of accessibility as involving people with disabilities. However, we’re all disabledContinue reading “Accessibility: Usability for all | Interaction Design Foundation”

Government accessibility standards and WCAG 2

This posting summarizes some detailed research into the state of government accessibility standards around the world, as of March 2016. Usually these evolve fairly slowly, although the Jodhan vs. Attorney General of Canada case may change that (governments don’t like being successfully sued by their citizens). … This table shows government accessibility standards, and relevantContinue reading “Government accessibility standards and WCAG 2”

The Section 508 Refresh is Here! 

We’re excited to announce that the U.S. Access Board has published its long-awaited update(link is external) to the federal regulations covering the accessibility of information and communications technology (Section 508) and telecommunications products and services (Section 255). What are Section 508 and Section 255? Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to federal government agenciesContinue reading “The Section 508 Refresh is Here! “

Grand Rapids YMCA first building to adopt universal design standards

…how do you design a new building to ensure that it serves the needs of all users? Inclusive design can make that happen. UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), in collaboration with the Global Universal Design Commission, has developed the first set of universal design certification standards for commercial buildings, lookingContinue reading “Grand Rapids YMCA first building to adopt universal design standards”

Why Accessibility Will Matter More in 2016 and Beyond

It’s easy to believe everyone uses computers the same way until you actually watch friends and family struggling with theirs. If only developers were encouraged to test user interfaces on all computer devices in real life situations. Since they are not expected to perform this type of testing, what marketers end up with are webContinue reading “Why Accessibility Will Matter More in 2016 and Beyond”

Answer Line: Accessibility question a tough one to answer – Longview News-Journal – Longview, TX

I’m going to tell you what I found to be some of the applicable standards and tell you how you can file a complaint if you still think this building might be violating those standards. What I will not do is issue an opinion on whether the building meets accessibility standards, because I can tellContinue reading “Answer Line: Accessibility question a tough one to answer – Longview News-Journal – Longview, TX”