Siteimprove Blog: Accessibility
Written by David Herr.
PDF content on the web continues to grow each year, despite the issues of ensuring the content is accessible to everyone. It is possible to create completely accessible PDF documents that contain all the rich content and offer the many benefits that PDF files provide. But until recently there have not been good solutions. Manually tagging PDF documents using Adobe® Acrobat Professional is not an easy process and is very prone to errors. Today I will discuss the basic requirements to ensure a PDF document is accessible and can be read using screen reader technology such as JAWS® or NVDA.
Read the blog post 5 Steps to Ensure PDF Documents are Accessible for Everyone
Siteimprove unveiled a new initiative that saw Jacob Nielsen, a blind user, test websites live at the Danish Digitalization Conference as part of its initiative to bring web accessibility for the disabled and handicapped to the forefront of people’s minds.
Read the blog post Website Accessibility Testing: How does your site look to a blind person?
Today, 1 October 2013, SaaS company Siteimprove celebrate 10 years of success since first opening in 2003. Having started from humble entrepreneurship roots, Siteimprove has grown exponentially to become a truly successful global company with more than 80 employees, with offices in five countries and customers in 11 countries.
Read the blog post Celebrating 10 Years of Siteimprove Success
It’s that time of the year again: Students are lining up to buy textbooks and signing up for classes. BUT WAIT! You have a million back-to-school tasks to complete AND there is a line of students with accessibility requests at your door. Unsure of where to start? Keep calm and accessibility on! We’ll give you five critical places to focus your accessibility efforts first.
Read the blog post Don't Get Schooled by Accessibility - 5 Focuses for Back to School
Not sure what “2012/left_bar_pic_420x360” means? You’re not alone. All too often image files receive names like these, which only make sense to the editor who posted them. Without proper alternative descriptions, these images become jumbles of words to search engines, visitors whose browsers failed to load fully, and especially visitors using assisted technologies.
Read the blog post Preventing "012/left_bar_pic_420x360" and other "say what??" moments
Professor Chris Olson has had a really busy year. Chris recently bought and moved into a house. Like many home purchases, there was a bit of remodeling that took place before the move to make the space more usable.
Chris will be sharing that new home with his fiancé Cindy. Chris and Cindy were engaged on New Year’s Eve.
Chris has been teaching graduate and undergraduate level computer and web programming classes for the past seven years. In March 2013, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, “Awareness of Accessibility in Computer-based Instructional Materials and Faculty Demographics in South Dakota Public Universities.”
Read the blog post Putting a Face on Accessibility Part II
Web accessibility is a complex issue, and there are many rules and guidelines that you need to be aware of as you work towards providing an accessible solution for your users. One of the most frequent questions we hear is, “where do I start?” Here are 10 items to consider when building accessible websites. Whether you are contributing content to a blog, or managing thousands of pages, these tips should put you on the right path.
Read the blog post Kevin’s Top 10 Accessibility Tips
Imagine that you’re suddenly blind, maybe unable to make your body function as it did before, perhaps you can no longer read without difficulty or distinguish between colors, conceivably you may just be getting older… Now try accessing the web.
Read the blog post Raising Digital Discrimination Awareness
All too often we forget to put a face on people with disabilities, instead we lump them into categories.
Read the blog post Putting a Face on Accessibility
As a web editor you are responsible for the content you publish on the website and it’s accessibility. Do you know how to support accessibility when you write texts and add images and links on a web page?
Read the blog post Web Editors: Create Accessible Websites
Did you know that guidelines and best practices for SEO and web accessibility have many overlaps, and that with a little consideration you can kill two birds with one stone? We give you our top five areas that make your website more searchable and at the same time accessible for more users.
Read the blog post Top 5 SEO and Accessibility Overlaps
Are you developing your website for many types of users, or are you primarily developing for people who access websites in much the same way as you do? Do you know how dyslexic users, people who are colorblind, people with impairments and others navigate the web?
Read the blog post Web Developers: Create an Accessible Website
Many of our customers launched new websites in 2012, and took advantage of running our Quality Assurance and Accessibility checks on the development website. Finding and fixing errors on their website prior to launching is helpful in it's own right, but allowing the web developers early access to the tools has proven to be invaluable.
Read the blog post Get a head start by quality assuring your development site
As a web designer, several accessibility criteria are especially important to help you ensure as many users as possible can use your web application.
Read the blog post The Web Designer's Guide on How to Create Accessible GUIs
Web accessibility isn’t something that is ensured solely through a website development project. To be successful, accessibility has to be a part of the overall web governance strategy.
Read the blog post Integrate Accessibility in Your Web Governance
Smart phone sales are exploding, and the desire to make websites accessible to all users on mobile platforms is also increasing. I’m going to give you some tips on how to create accessible web content in the best way.
Read the blog post 13 Tips to Improve Your Website for Mobile Users and Disabled Users at the Same Time
With the Paralympics underway, world coverage of the 2nd biggest multinational event has highlighted how sports should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their disability, but what about the accessibility of websites?
Read the blog post Just like sports, websites should be accessible to everyone
Like an athlete at the Olympics, your website should be fit and free from injury. This way you can achieve the best performance and value from your website every day.
Read the blog post Going for gold; developing an elite website
If you are about to redesign your website, now is a good time to focus on getting a website that can be used by as many people as possible. Here are some tips on when and how to make requirements and focus on accessibility throughout the process.
Read the blog post New website – Think accessibility from day 1
Find out if you use alternative texts, headings and forms correctly and if you in general help people with disabilities and dyslexia etc. on your website
Read the blog post Avoid These Common Accessibility Mistakes
Why is it important to be able to use a webpage without using a computer mouse? How does it work when a web page text is enlarged? How does a screen reader interpret a web page? Get the answers to these questions and learn why and to whom this is important.
Read the blog post Want to understand accessibility? Participate!
It can be difficult to know where to start if you have not implemented web accessibility before. Where do you begin and how do you finish? Some areas require time and a targeted effort whilst there are some ways in which you can improve your website accessibility right away, and at the same time conform with 3 important criteria in WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).
Read the blog post 3 ways to improve your accessibility right now
Are you looking to attract more visitors and retain happier users of your website? If so, then read on! By conforming with a number of accessibility criteria you can not only optimize the accessibility of your website, but also ensure good usability and increased visibility in search engines (SEO).
Read the blog post The added bonus of ensuring web accessibility
Web professionals looking to improve their website accessibility using Siteimprove tools are finding that they have more issues in Quality Assurance, than they had in the former SiteCheck, but they are unsure of why.
Read the blog post Why do I suddenly have more accessibility issues?
The term “Accessibility” is often used broadly, but there is a clear definition of what we mean: ensuring that as many users as possible can navigate and comprehend a website.
Read the blog post What is Web Accessibility?