Category Archives: Web Accessibility

Updating to Firefox Quantum, Screen reader users wait

Screen reader users are asked not to  update to next version of Firefox. Mozilla is releasing Firefox 57 called as Firefox Quantum on November 14, 2017. Firefox Quantum is switching to a multiprocessor methodology to increase the speed and to be more efficient. Firefox quantum is a fast, modern and performant browser that puts users… Continue Reading Updating to Firefox Quantum, Screen reader users wait

Building Blind-Friendly Websites: Facebook and Twitter Finally Introduce Alt Text

By 2020, there are expected to be over 30 million blind people in India. With the numbers of partially sighted people increasing globally, Facebook and Twitter recently announced huge changes to improve the accessibility of their websites. This includes incorporating the latest artificial intelligence (AI), to describe images to blind users. While there has been… Continue Reading Building Blind-Friendly Websites: Facebook and Twitter Finally Introduce Alt Text

aria-details (property)

Aria-details property identifies the element that provides a detailed explanation of an object. It is an ARIA 1.1 property. When an image or a similar element needs a detailed explanation, something more than what aria-describedby can provide aria-details can be used. The detailed explanation can be a container of text on the same page or… Continue Reading aria-details (property)

VPAT 2.0 for Section 508, WCAG 2.0 and En301 549

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template 2.0 ® (VPAT 2.0 ®) is updated by Information Technology Industry Council ITIC. The purpose of the VPAT is to assist customers and buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial “Electronic and Information Technology,” also referred to as “Information and Communication Technology” (ICT) products and services with features… Continue Reading VPAT 2.0 for Section 508, WCAG 2.0 and En301 549

WebAIM screen reader user survey 7

WebAIM screen reader user survey 7 is a study conducted by webAIM to understand the preferences of screen reader users. This survey helps web developers and those who create web standards understand the new trends and practices screen reader users follow and thus try incorporating the best practices. The webAIM screen reader user survey 7… Continue Reading WebAIM screen reader user survey 7

aria-colcount (property)

Dynamic tables are quite common in modern web. Number of columns depends on the data fetched by the input given by the user or any other parameters that define the table. aria-colcount (property) will be ideal to use in scenarios where the total number of columns are not available currently in the DOM. If all… Continue Reading aria-colcount (property)

Nominations open for 8th NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards

National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) is a non-profit voluntary organisation founded in 1996 working as an interface between various stakeholders – Government, Industry and Civil Society Organisations (both national and international) for the empowerment of persons with disabilities. NCPEDP has long believed that accessibility is the bedrock of inclusion. However,… Continue Reading Nominations open for 8th NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards

ASP .NET Web Form Controls Accessibility

Couple of days ago one of my friends asked me if we can make asp.net form controls accessible. I said “YES” and explained how to make them accessible for user. So here I am penning down my thoughts on asp.net form controls. In HTML, authors use <input> tag to create a text field or radio… Continue Reading ASP .NET Web Form Controls Accessibility

WAI ARIA 1.1 New Roles, states and properties

In last few years Maxability have published several articles on each WAI ARIA 1.0 roles, states and properties. W3C WAI ARIA Working Group have published a latest Candidate Recommendation on October 27, 2016. According to this candidate recommendation of WAI ARIA 1.1, new roles, states and properties are introduced. In addition the values of some… Continue Reading WAI ARIA 1.1 New Roles, states and properties

How to make focus indicator accessible

A focus indicator is a dotted or solid line present around the tab-able elements such as links, buttons, and form fields. While navigating the page through keyboard tab key, the focus indicator appears around elements when they receive keyboard focus. It helps users to visually determine which element has current keyboard focus. All major browsers… Continue Reading How to make focus indicator accessible