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Talking about text, does size really matter?

Talking about text, does size really matter?

How do you change the size of text? Every modern browser allows the user to change the text size on most web pages and has done so for a very long time. Websites often do not have any accessibility icons that allow the visitor to change the text size with the click of a mouse or the stroke of a key, relying instead on the... read more »

Here is how to make your chatbot accessible for everyone!

Here is how to make your chatbot accessible for everyone!

We love Chatbots Chatbots are great, aren't they? They are those super-helpful bubbles that sit quietly at the bottom corner of a website, that allow you to start a live chat immediately. They normally say "Chat with us now" or something equally friendly and helpful. They can be really useful to businesses that want to be responsive and accessible to their prospects. We use one ourselves, it... read more »

July is Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month

Events are important We need events to remember the crucial issues that affect large groups of people. Whether it is a specific awareness day, week, month or a live event such as a rally or a march, it is vital that we have them. There are so many things going on in our lives, all of them competing and demanding our immediate attention, they will... read more »

Should we rid the world of overlays?

Should we rid the world of overlays?

What is an overlay? In this article, I will discuss overlays, what they are and why they can be a very BAD idea! An overlay is code that creates a graphic element that allows for some kind of interaction with a website. It will often bring in code from another website and allows websites to have extra functionality without the entire website having to be re-coded. A... read more »

What is a website accessibility statement and do you need one? (Part 2 of 2)

What is a website accessibility statement and do you need one? (Part 2 of 2)

Your perfect opportunity! Do you want to be inclusive? Do you want to tell the world about it? Here is your perfect opportunity, through your website accessibility statement! There is SO much misinformation about accessibility statements, I am not at all surprised that there are so many misunderstandings about them. Publicly funded organisations need to have them, to satisfy Government Guidelines. It does not help that... read more »

What is a website accessibility statement and do you need one? (Part 1 of 2)

What is a website accessibility statement and do you need one? (Part 1 of 2)

A powerful ally A website accessibility statement is a powerful document. One that is properly written, following a professional website accessibility audit, will do two extremely important tasks for you and your business. Firstly, we will look at the legal side. It needs to be said, but I do not like to dwell on it, as I much prefer to focus on all the positive benefits... read more »

How do you change the world?

How do you change the world?

One website at a time, that is how. A global first My company, Access by Design, created the world’s first fully-accessible, mobile and tablet-friendly website in February 2011. My TEDx Talk is now on the TEDx Channel! I have been speaking publicly about website accessibility for disabled people for the last 15 years and, two months ago, I had the privilege of speaking at TEDx Lukely Brook, on... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 5)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 5)

Putting it all together Now I have my raw materials. The automated matrices, the manual checks, 3 live audits and a whole bunch of notes! This is when I have to put it all together and turn it into a full audit. The most time-consuming part, of course, is reviewing the videos and editing them. I only take out content that is not relevant to... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 4)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 4)

This is where my amazing website accessibility team join in! I do not care what anybody says, you cannot truly know whether your website is accessible for disabled people or not unless you have had disabled people do a live audit of your website! I know this sounds unbelievably obvious but apparently not to many people! A dose of reality I thought I knew about website accessibility... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 3)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 3)

You can plug a car into a diagnostics machine but it will not tell you if you have a nail in your tyre! My last two articles in this series have been about automated checking. With the correct software, you can undertake a comprehensive audit of a website’s accessibility. 30% of the way there! Well, 30% of it anyway. Yup, that’s right. 30%. So, you can be presented... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2 - continued)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2 - continued)

It is not just one tick! In my previous article, I explained the common misconception that designers often think that the WCAG AA Guidelines are all that need to be met to make a website accessible and how passing the single-A guidelines are also mandatory because otherwise, you will not pass at AA level. So, your website passes A and AA and you proudly put that... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2)

What is an automated matrix? In this article, I wish to clear up the most common misconception when it comes to website accessibility, about automated matrices. What is an automated matrix? In principle, that is easy to explain. It is software that runs a series of automated tests on your website and tells you whether you pass or fail each one. The standards for website accessibility... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 1)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 1)

    The second most-often question I am asked is what actually does having a website accessibility audit involve? FYI, the most often question I get asked is what does website accessibility for disabled people actually mean? I always point them to my recent TEDxTalk for that one! In case you are interested in watching it, the details are in the comment. In a sentence, a website... read more »

I love assistive technology!

I love assistive technology!

Dodgy knees I have dodgy knees. Very dodgy, sadly. I have flat feet and did not start to wear corrective insoles until I was in my late 30s. This meant that my weight went through my knees unevenly and wore away the cartilage, meaning there is almost none on the insides. Grade 4 Osteoarthritis, bone on bone. Ouch. How do I manage them? As I am now... read more »

Surely all websites are accessible for disabled people?

Surely all websites are accessible for disabled people?

A level-playing field One of the most brilliant aspects of the Web is the idea of a level playing field. Having a physical disability can often can make everyday tasks like going shopping more difficult, although it is often the environment itself that is the biggest problem. However, the Web is seen as the great leveller, now everyone can access goods and services equally, as... read more »

Why microwave/oven is right but wrong and microwave / oven is wrong but right!

Why microwave/oven is right but wrong and microwave / oven is wrong but right!

Do not ask me why but it never seemed to look right, when there is not a space on either side of a slash. To me, microwave/oven just does not look correct so I always put spaces in, ie. microwave / oven Grammarly, of course, always gently reminds me to take the spaces out and of course I... read more »