Category: Tips, Tools, & Tutorials

New Feature: Scan Behind Login Forms

21 Jan 2022

We are excited to announce that Accessible Console now supports scanning behind HTTP Authentification and advanced login forms! Whether your website/application is already well established or still in the design and development stages, Accessible Web Console gives you the tools you need, when you need them, to demystify the web accessibility process. Advanced scanning behind […]

Clear, Concise, and Convenient: The Importance of Plain Language

30 Dec 2021

Learn how using plain language can improve user experience, make web content more accessible to everyone, and even boost your SEO rankings. What is plain language? Plain language is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand communication. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 defines plain language as: Writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other […]

What to Look For When Hiring A Web Accessibility Agency

2 Apr 2021

Starting a web accessibility project from scratch can be overwhelming. Balancing design, coding, UX testing, and managing teams can add to the stress of learning exactly what web accessibility is. Hiring a web accessibility agency can relieve a lot of that pressure. However, there are many agencies that promise web accessibility. Sorting through the list […]

A11y Updates: Instagram, Twitch, and Zoom

24 Dec 2020

This past August we published a blog post showcasing some of the latest A11y Updates for Windows, Firefox, and Apple. For our next installment in this series, we’re talking about accessibility updates to Instagram, Twitch, and Zoom! We love seeing companies taking strides to create a more inclusive experience on the web and hope that […]

Easy Ways to Make Social Media Posts Accessible

16 Jun 2020

We talk a LOT about making web content and functionality accessible and how doing so takes a commitment and sometimes, a lot of work. Something that doesn’t take much time–but is often overlooked when discussing accessibility– is social media.  Luckily several social media platforms make it fairly easy to create accessible posts. Here’s an overview […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Keyboard

2 Jun 2020

Imagine not being able to use a mouse or touch-pad to use your computer. Folks with motor disabilities, vision issues–including blindness– or even a broken hand are not able to use a mouse to point to items on the screen, click on check-boxes or “right click.” This is where the trusty keyboard comes in–and considering […]

Assistive Technology Focus: Captioning, Transcripts and Audio Descriptions

12 May 2020

I love captioning. I realized that I understand content, easily retain information and enjoy my viewing experiences more when I watch videos, TV and movies with the text right on my screen. Plus, I rarely need to backtrack to figure out what a character in a movie or show said! This is an example of […]

Accessible Video Conferencing While Social Distancing & Working From Home

7 Apr 2020

To date, most states in the U.S. have some type of “stay at home” or “shelter in place” order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Many are relying on video conferencing tools to socialize and stay connected to friends and family. These video conferencing tools have become even more important for the almost 30% of […]

Are JavaScript Based Accessibility Toolbars a Viable Way to Meet ADA Compliance?

6 Nov 2019

The digital accessibility industry is flooded with companies selling accessibility toolbars that allow users to change font specific settings, contrast settings, use a built-in screen reader and other accessibility-based site adjustments. Many of these companies claim guaranteed ADA compliance, just by purchasing a subscription to the toolbar and by implementing it onto your site. I […]

What is a VPAT?

11 Sep 2019

If you have created a digital product or service that is used by federal government employees or if you receive funding from the federal government, you need a VPAT® (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®). A VPAT® is a document table that contains information about how an ICT (information & communications technology) product or service conforms with […]