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Apr
30

WebAIM: Web Accessibility and SEO

What is the value of finding content if the user experience and accessibility of that content is poor?

Does it matter how accessible content is, if nobody ever finds it?

Web accessibility and search engine optimization (SEO) are both about getting relevant content to users. Accessible content and search engine optimized content are both machine readable. Search engines and assistive technologies (such as screen readers) are quite similar. In many ways, search engines are deaf, blind, use only a keyboard, and have limited technical abilities. Both rely on content structure, semantics, and functionality to either present content to users or determine the relevance of content.

Accessibility and SEO Magic

SEO has always had an element of what I call “voodoo magic”. It involves guessing or deducing what algorithms a search engine might use to determine the relevance of certain content, then implementing content strategies that best utilize those supposed algorithms.

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Apr
16

Home | Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)


 
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Notice: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development

(2020-02-27)

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of WCAG 2.2. Additional success criteria in development for 2.2 address the needs of people with cognitive or learning disabilities, users of mobile devices, and users of ebooks. For information on what’s new in this draft and upcoming work, see the blog post Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development.



For Wide Review: Personalization Semantics Content Module 1.0

(2020-01-30)

The Personalization Semantics Content Module 1.0 specification is available for wide review. For a short introduction to personalization and the related documents, see the Personalization Overview (in English). The Working Group particularly requests review of section “3.1 action”. Please send any comments by 10 March 2020.



Updated: WCAG-EM Report Tool – Accessibility Evaluation

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Apr
15

WAVE Web Accessibility Tool

WAVE Web Accessibility Tool

WAVE Webinar: What’s new and what’s coming?

May 6th, 2020 at 2:30pm US Eastern Time (18:30 UTC)

Register here

This one hour free webinar will provide a quick overview of the WAVE web accessibility evaluation suite of tools, with details on new and upcoming features. Plenty of time will be allocated for Q&A.

WAVE is a suite of evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities. WAVE can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors, but also facilitates human evaluation of web content. Our philosophy is to focus on issues that we know impact end users, facilitate human evaluation, and to educate about web accessibility.

You can use the online WAVE tool by entering a web page address (URL) in the field above. WAVE Firefox and Chrome extensions are available for testing accessibility directly within your

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Apr
14

Software Accessibility Checklist

Software Accessibility Checklist (1)

This Checklist should serve as a tool for evaluating the extent to which software applications are accessible to most people with disabilities. This document is based on the U.S. Department of Education’s “Requirements for Accessible Software Design,” including the technical guidance that appears as Appendix A to the “Requirements.” The “Requirements” document and the appendix are available at:

http://ocfo.ed.gov/coninfo/clibrary/software.htm

More specific recommendations for how to design accessible software can be obtained from Joe Tozzi or others on the Assistive Technology Team in the Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Information Officer Technology Center, (202) 708-7298 (voice), (202) 401-8510 (TTY), Internet: Joe_Tozzi@ed.gov.

Although the Department of Education’s guidelines may differ from the legally-enforceable standards that the Access Board will promulgate by February 7, 2000, they are among the most helpful references currently available to assist your agency in determining the extent to which your software applications

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