Consolidating everything a government agency or other entity needs to know about Section 508 compliance and contracting for accessible results was a good idea. Hopefully the net result will be more accessible public websites here in the States.
The Best of the Internets
This is a really interesting look at the Internet of Things from the perspective of accessibility and how web standards may fit into it all.
While the applicability of WCAG 2.0 would need a high degree of interpretation to apply to a light bulb, web accessibility standards certainly apply to the browsers and apps that we use to centrally control it all. As this space continues to evolve, it’s vital that developers ensure that whatever devices control these products, accessibility is at the heart of them.
If you have problems understanding how nth-* selectors work in CSS, this visualizer may help you out.
Lots of gold in this post from Chris Coyier. I agree with a lot of what he’s saying, but this passage really resonated with me:
[T]here are concepts that I think belong in an abstraction of a language and not the language itself. Variables could be an example here again. Preprocessor variables and native variables could co-exist and be useful in their own ways. If native CSS could do everything ever dreamed up in a preprocessor, it would be slow, complicated, and likely wouldn’t have seen the success that CSS has had as a language.
I could not agree more.
Not terribly surprising, but distressing nonetheless.
An interesting look at the evolution of UI design and where it might be heading.
What an amazing talk! I wish I could have seen it delivered in person.
My thanks to Denis for quoting my a11yQC keynote too :-)
In case you’re curious.
The recommendation of IE over Edge may seem strange, but there’s a reason: Microsoft is changing APIs from MSAA (Microsoft Active Accessibility) to UIA (UI Automation) and it’s a work in progress. Consequently, the Microsoft Edge browser is not as accessible as the team would like it to be… yet. But, as Jacob Rossi covered in response to Steve Faulkner, it’s coming and the end result will be far better for folks who rely on assistive technology.
India appears to be getting serious about web accessibility. Reading the article, however, the title is a bit misleading: 6,000 sites would be affected, but only half will be made accessible (following WCAG 2) in the next year. Still, it’s a start.