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Help us Celebrate the 11th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

May 19, 2022 is the 11th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is an event to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion. The day started with a single blog post written by a web developer, Joe Devon. An accessibility professional in Toronto, Jennison Asuncion, stumbled across the blog […]

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8 Ways Perficient is Helping Organizations Plan, Activate, Monitor, and Expand DE&I Initiatives

Healthcare organizations play key roles in offering access to care, employing, and motivating skilled workers, and acting as social safety nets in their communities. They, along with life sciences organizations, serve on the front lines of addressing health equity. A well-planned and executed DE&I strategy not only creates a healthier and more welcoming environment for […]

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Define Initial Requirements: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle Part 2 of 4

Read Part 1 of this series here: Plan to be Accessible by Design: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle. Forward-thinking product teams will plan for and implement inclusive user experiences at the start of the design process to achieve better outcomes. More commonly known as Shift Left, this method advocates ‘baking in’ inclusive user experience […]

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Plan to be Accessible by Design: Accessibility in the Product Development Lifecycle Part 1 of 4

Accessible Product Development Starts with Shift Left Using a Shift Left method to improve product development outcomes isn’t new or novel. Shift Left has been adopted for decades to lower software development refactoring time and costs and streamline time to market by testing software earlier in the design process and not just before it ships. […]

Designing Accessible Digital Experiences Begins with Personas and User Stories

The disability market has hit an inflection point. More global organizations buying tech are committing to accessibility in 2022 due to pressure created by the increasing number of digital accessibility lawsuits, and the increasing number of firms creating diversity and inclusion programs (DE&I). This is creating competition for opportunities to attract the global disability market […]

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, […]

A Process Integration Timeline of Accessibility Testing

All too often, accessibility does not cross the mind of designers or developers until it is too late in the process. Approaching accessibility as a final checkbox in the entire process of a webpage and website development will result in exurbanite defects and adversely affect the final product. Developers and designers must take on the […]

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How is Diversity and Inclusion Incorporated into Your 2021 Digital Roadmap?

A year and a half ago I published an updated view of Digital Responsibility as part of our Digital Essentials series. It challenged the notion that digital responsibility starts and ends with data privacy, and introduced the idea of incorporating accessibility, diversity, and inclusion into digital responsibility mandates. While some organizations had started considering these […]

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Landmark Your Way into Accessibility

HTML5 semantic sectioning elements are great for identifying page structure. Landmark elements such as <header> <nav> <main> <footer> <aside> <section> <article> and <form> are much easier to identify than a sea of <div>s, and provide accessible structure for screen reader users without having to add any ARIA attributes. Using these elements properly helps developers understand […]

Accessibility: Color Contrast

Importance For those living with disabilities, consuming web content can be a daily challenge. The web is an increasingly important resource in life today. By making your website accessible you are ensuring that all of your users, including those with disabilities, are able to access your site’s information. One of the most common roadblocks to […]

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Episerver and Alternate Text for Images in the TinyMCE Rich Text Editor

Last week I received a nasty bug report regarding Accessibility and Episerver.  Within Rich Text areas in Episerver, the file name is injected by default for alternate text.  This hurts your accessibility score and is a detrimental impact to visually impaired users.  Coincidentally, others in the community have written about and questioned how to solve […]

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Key Takeaways from CPACC Accessibility Certification

The Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies, or CPACC, is an accessibility certification bestowed by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). It covers conceptual knowledge of disabilities, universal design, accessibility laws, management strategies, and software development.  This test deepened my understanding of accessibility and opened up my thinking about accessibility in both the digital […]

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