Lisa McMichael

I'm a Senior Manager User Insights & Research out of the Atlanta office.

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Accessible Videos: Highlight Your Recorded/Live Captioning and Provide Downloadable Transcripts

In my post from August, we learned how to effectively include stop, pause, hide, or volume changing controls into your video content to ensure the content is accessible to all users. Now we’ll learn a little more about the value of including captions for both pre-recorded and live videos, as well as the option to […]

On the Horizon WCAG 2.2: A New Standard for Interacting with the Web

We’ve been looking at The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 Guidelines for several weeks, and we’re now rounding out this series by taking a close look at 5 of 9 WCAG 2.2 A, AA, and AAA Success Criteria. If you haven’t been following this series, the W3C released a working draft of WCAG 2.2 […]

A New Standard for Interacting With the Web: Beyond the Keyboard and Screen Reader

Every person using the web has different abilities when it comes to reading and interacting with online content. Naturally, they have varied needs as well. In this article, we’ll carry forward the theme we started in part one and part two of this series – the importance of a keyboard or screen reader (robust forms of technology) that make information like forms, videos, images, content, […]

Accessible Videos: Highlight Your Stop, Pause, Hide, and Volume Controls/Mute

In my previous post, we discuss three reasons why incorporating accessible video into your marketing strategy is good for your business. Now I want to do a deeper diver into some of the main ways you can create an accessible video. Let’s start with including controls to stop, pause, hide, or change the volume of […]

A New Standard for Interacting with the Web by Keyboard or Screen Reader

In my first post, I shared perspectives and best practices on how to interact with the web using a keyboard or screen reader. To recap, both of these devices are useful and robust forms of technology that give web users the capability to interact with and navigate to content that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Now we’ll talk about what’s next, and how the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.2 (WCAG 2.2) will create a more inclusive user experience across […]

Three Reasons Why Accessible Video Helps Businesses

Your users are diverse and so is the way they choose to consume media – video being one of the main ones. Video melds both sight and sound, but many users, especially those with disabilities, can have a difficult time understanding the content the video presents if options to assist them, such as transcripts or […]

The Importance of Interacting with the Web by Keyboard or Screen Reader

Keyboards and screen readers are both useful and robust forms of technology used to navigate webpages and apps, giving web users the capability to navigate digital experiences and interact with content that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Keyboard and Screen Readers – Not All Users Are the Same It’s often assumed that web users […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility with Robustness in Mind

We’ve come to the final post in this series on the W3C’s Principles “POUR,” designing and coding for the “Robust” principle. In the context of technology, a solution is robust when it comes with a wide range of capabilities, or is able to deal with many different situations. Robust solutions should be navigable and usable […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility With Understandable in Mind

The W3C organization developed four core principles to help designers and developers ensure websites, mobile apps, and all interactive media would be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust (POUR) to as many digital users as possible. These four principles are as relevant today as they were when Tim Berners-Lee founded the W3C in 1994. In an […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility With Operable in Mind

“POUR” has become mainstream lingo for the four main principles (Perceivable, Operable, Understand, and Robust) of web accessibility. These four essential guidelines created by the W3C organization are the “how-to” guide for digital teams of strategists, designers, developers, SEO, and content specialists to create accessible experiences. These guidelines were created so that digital consumers using […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility With Perceivability in Mind

Designing for accessibility is both a mindset and a design practice. Together, they strive to make various forms of technology accessible to people as much as possible by minimizing or eliminating barriers to information through our senses (hearing, vision, and touch). The ability to access digital content every day should not be difficult for anyone […]

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3 Days, 300+ Sessions: What I Discovered at CSUN Conference 2019

In 2017 I wrote The Next Big Consumer Segment: People With Disabilities, predicting there would be a tremendous economic opportunity for those progressive, smart organizations serving digital accessibility. Now, two years later, it has arrived in a big way, and I heard a lot about it from our largest tech companies and their leaders at […]

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