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WCAG: 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded)

What does adding audio descriptions to video mean? So there are captions, which I describe in a previous blog article . However ,   an audio description is more of a narrative of what's happening in the video itself. It needs to contain descriptions such as audible pauses, and laughter, as well as elements that make the video informative and/ ...
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WCAG: 1.2.4 Captions (Live)

What does adding live captions mean? More than 5% of the world's people are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Also, around 30 million people in the good ole U.S. of A. have some degree of hearing loss. As our population gets older, this statistic is extremely likely to grow. So there are captions, which I describe in a previous blog article. However, li...
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WCAG: 1.3.4 Orientation (Some of us Would Rather Use Our Phones)

You've most likely come across websites that aren't mobile compatible. You'd like to read a page in portrait mode, but the page's set default is landscape ,so you have to navigate back forth in order to read an entire line of text. Super annoying, right? For a person with certain physical or sensory disabilities, compatibility with modern tablet an...
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WCAG: 1.3.5 Identify Input Purpose

As much as everyone loves wandering around a Wal-Mart for 8 hours trying to find the right kind of toothpaste, recent developments in technology have allowed many of us the unprecedented luxury of being able to order literally anything online. Online Forms: THEY'RE EVERYWHERE...Online ​ These days, we can take care of more and more of our errands o...
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WCAG: 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum)

It's important that any text or images of text that appear on your site are a color that sufficiently stands out against the color of your background. This is referred to as color contrast, and WCAG calculates it as a ratio describing the relative luminance of the text and background colors . WCAG dictates that the minimum ratio you must meet is 4....
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WCAG: 1.4.4 Resize text

Screen magnifiers and other assistive technologies can be kind of a pain . Help your readers avoid them by making sure that your website works well with all different kinds of web browsers, so that users are able to scale the text on your site up to at least 200%. [ Link: ] Don't Get in the Way Good news! This guideline shouldn't require a lot of w...
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WCAG: 1.4.5 Images of Text (Write it Out)

Just like green cocktails with fancy umbrellas, there is a time and a place for images of text. Those experiencing visual impairment will have a much easier time using your site if you use text, rather than images of text, since screen readers can pick up regular text without the need for alt text, and those experiencing visual impairment can more ...
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WCAG: 1.4.10 Reflow (Keep it Together, Kid!)

Much like your mother-in-law, you don't want your website to be frustrating or annoying. We established in WCAG 1.4.1  that users with visual impairment might need to resize the text on your site to read it. In this section, we'll focus on making sure that when a user resizes the text, the website accommodates the changes in a way that ensures...
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WCAG 1.4.12 Text Spacing (Personal Space is Key)

Users experiencing low vision, dyslexia, and certain cognitive disorders may wish to increase the space between letters, words, and lines in order to more easily understand the content of your website. For content implemented on your site using markup languages, users should be able to make the following changes to text settings without loss of con...
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WCAG: 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus

You've likely noticed that when you hover your cursor over buttons and other components online, sometimes a little box appears providing more information about that item. Take, for example, this screenshot taken from a Google Doc: [Source: Google] Or this refresh button [Source: https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/Understanding/content-on-hover-or-focus....
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WCAG 2.4.5: Multiple Ways (Give ‘em Some Options)

Okay, let's say you want to start a cooking blog (any other baking fans out there?). You decide to tag each recipe page with possible keywords it could be filed under, and then you create another page aggregating all those tags together, which users can navigate to in order to find recipes to try. [Link: https://smittenkitchen.com/recipes/] [Link: ...
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WCAG 2.4.6: Headings and Labels

In WCAG 2.4.2 and 2.4.4, we discussed why it's important to provide web page titles and text for links that describe the page's or link's respective topic or purpose. In a nutshell, website navigation is often based around visual context clues , which puts those who rely on assistive technologies to navigate your site at a disadvantage. For this re...
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WCAG 2.4.7: Focus Visible (Emphasis on the Selection)

Let's say for a moment that you are filling out an application form online. Having won the international cheese competition we referenced in WCAG 2.2.1, you are now looking to enter an exclusive luxury sales website to purchase a yacht with a portion of your prize money. You easily tab through each field, providing your name, email address, and oth...
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