Henny Swan

Accessibility for Information Architects

Summary Each member of a team plays a role in building a website or web app that is accessible ranging from the project manager, designer, developer, tester and Information Architect (IA). This article looks at a few key aspects of accessibility that if anticipated at IA stage go a long way to ensuring usable websites for people with access needs and safeguarding against costly fixes post launch. Before you start Before you start working on the IA you need to be sure what the parameters are for the build. The brief or requirements handed down by the project manager, or…

Henny Swan

Accessibility for Project Managers

Overview This article looks at the role of the Project Manager in delivering an accessible website. It’s the first in a series looking at roles and responsibilities within a team as they work together to deliver accessible websites. Each member of a team has a responsibility linked to their particular skill set however it’s the Project Manager who has the overview of the project both in terms of vision and implementation. A good Project Manager will recognize this and do what they can to give clarity and support teams in delivering their piece of the project. Requirements gathering At the…

3 October 2011
Author: Henny Swan
Henny Swan

Accessibility testing: Establishing a screen reader test plan

This article is not about testing with screen readers as such (I’ve written about this elsewhere) but rather what needs to be considered in order to establish a good screen reader testing plan within larger overall accessibility and general quality assurance plans. Its written in such a way that I hope organisations of any size or budget can adapt and use it. What are screen readers? Screen readers are a text-to-speech software that work on top of a web browser (and other applications) to read screen content out to users who have severe sight problems, reading problems or learning disabilities….

7 February 2011
Author: Henny Swan
Ben Logan

Adding accessible captions to YouTube Movies

Video is a key component of an internet presence and sites such as YouTube and Vimeo offer to host video for no additional cost. High bandwidth sites would have previously incurred significant charges for streamed video but now any site owner can frequently publish their video content online for no extra cost. Why caption videos? Multimedia presentations (rich media) usually involves image, sound and motion. This can present accessibility barriers to some people with disabilities, for instance visual impairments, hearing loss, photosensitive epilepsy, cognitive and learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia. Captions and subtitles make videos accessible to a…

Ben Logan

Automated testing vs. expert review

Automated testing There are several products on the market, which claim to be able to test web sites for accessibility with one click of a button. Whilst this is partly true, the process of automated testing is slightly flawed in that these tools have limitations around what they can and cannot realistically check. For the most part they are looking for “Yes” or “No” criteria in terms of whether the item has passed a particular WCAG checkpoint. Advantages Can run over large scale sites Cheaper to run Disadvantages     Results can be time consuming to collate and interpret     Can…

19 February 2009
Author: Ben Logan
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