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You've heard about this web accessibility thing and know a thing or two. You manage, design or build websites and someone has asked you, "Is your site accessibile?" You're not sure. You hope so! You scour the web to learn more, but discover it's a wild world of contradicting and incomplete information out there when it comes to accessibility.
Where do you start? Right here.
Here you’ll find several useful online resources related to web accessibility and a brief description on how it will help you. The list will always be concise, current and geared toward starting with accessibility or topics within it.
- WebAIM: WebAIM has provided comprehensive web accessibility solutions since 1999, and is one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise internationally. WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. The site brings together a huge collection of information about web accessibility. Most of it is up to date and evergreen enough to help you. The organization's blog tackles many modern-day, evolving topics related to web accessibility.
- Treehouse Web Accessibility Videos: A collection of free videos on different topics within web accessibility. There are divided up into an introduction, building a website and building an application.
- United States Laws and Web Accessibility: Learn about the laws that affect web accessibility in the United States in this WebAIM article.
- Section 508: Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility and Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation.
- W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative: The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative provides strategies, guidelines and resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of proving a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
- WCAG 2.0: is a stable, referenceable technical standard. It has 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. For each guideline, there are testable success criteria, which are at three levels: A, AA, and AAA. For a short summary of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, see WCAG 2.0 at a Glance.
Dive deeper with blogs
- The Paciello Group Blog: A blog about web accessibility by one of the first accessibility consulting firms.
- Simply Accessible: A blog with in-depth web accessibility tutorials.
- WebAxe: A blog and podcast about web accessibility.
- 456 Berea Street: A blog on accessibility and web development by Roger Johansson.
- Accessible Culture: A blog about web accessibility by Jason Kiss, an accessibility and standards researcher located in Wellington, New Zealand.
- Web Accessibility Basics: This page contains development and design practices that should be used when creating an accessible site. It covers most of the basics in a very easy-to-understand format.
- Teaching Accessibility Core Rules: This post breaks down those the principles of accessibility, making them even easier to think about during projects.
- Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility: This article is designed to help users who are new to VoiceOver learn the basic controls for testing web content, and to serve as a reference for the occasional VoiceOver user.
- Using NVDA to Evaluate Web Accessibility: This article is designed to help users who are new to NVDA learn the basic controls for testing web content, and to serve as a reference for the occasional NVDA user.
- Guide to Creating Accessible PDF Documents: An article from WebAIM on creating and testing PDFs.
- Creating Accessible Forms: A section from WebAIM on creating and maintaining accessible forms.
- Using WAI-ARIA Landmarks in 2013: A blog post that provides a good over view of ARIA roles and how to use them in the most basic way.
- Practical ARIA Examples: A good list of ARIA patterns that can be used on a wide variety of projects.
- Why Keyboard Accessibility Isn’t the Same Thing as Screen Reader Accessibility: This blog post explains the three critical aspects of accessibility for interactive web technologies: Keyboard Accessibility, Screen Reader Accessibility and Cognitive Accessibility, and the differences between each.
- Bulletproof Accessible Icon Fonts: Care must be taken when implementing icon fonts to ensure a great experience for all users. What happens when your font doesn’t load? What happens when @font-face isn’t supported in the browser? The Filament Group shows you how to implement bulletproof font icons.
- What is this thing and what does it do?: A video talk all about the DOM and its importance for accessibility.
- Inclusive Design 24 Videos: A collection of talks that span different topics in accessibility.
UX and Design
- Accessibility for Designers: An infographic about how designers can help create good, accessible websites.
- The Complete Beginner's Guide to Universal Design: A blog post that describes universal design, a set of considerations made to ensure that a product, service, and/or environment is usable by everyone, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
- Color Palette Accessibility Checker: A tool that allows you to analyze any combination of colors from a palette to see which combinations meet WCAG 2 accessibility specifications. Measures for AA and AAA standards.
- Color Extractor Bookmarklet: This is a tool that extracts all of the colors defined in the CSS of a given page and puts those colors in the Color Palette Accessibility Checker.
- Tanaguru Contrast-Finder: Tanaguru Contrast-Finder finds correct color contrasts for web accessibility.
- Color Contrast Analyzer for Chrome: This Chrome extension allows you to analyze text color contrast problems on a web page according to the WCAG 2 color contrast requirements.
- Colllor and 0to255: Both are tools that will generate different shades, tints and tones of colors, helpful when creating an accessible color palette.
- The Readability Test Tool: The Readability Test Tool provides a quick and easy way to test the readability of your work. It is the most flexible readability software for assessing readability formulas. This aids in making sure your web content is readable and understandable for those people with cognitive disabilities.
- Wave: A web tool and Firefox add-on for evaluating the accessibility of web pages.
- Chrome Accessibility Tools: A set of automated tests that you can run on any web page inside Chrome.
- Web Developer: A toolbar/extension for different browsers that adds various web developer tools to a browser.
- WAT: A extension for IE and Opera for evaluating the accessibility of web pages.
- NVDA: A screenreader for Windows.
- JAWS: The most popular screenreader. Available for Windows and cost money.
- VoiceOver: Built-in screenreader for Mac.
- VoiceOver for iOS: Built-in screenreader for Mac.
- Chrome Vox: A screenreader for ChromeOS.
- Fangs Screen Reader Emulator: A Firefox add-on that renders a text version of a web page similar to how a screen reader would read it.
- WCAG 2.0 Cheat Sheet A simplified look at WCAG 2.0.
- WCAG 2.0 Mind Map (PDF): A clickable mind-map that helps put the web accessibility guidelines into perspective. This WCAG 2.0-on-a-single-page reference is an alternative way to view the guidelines.
- An Alt Text Decision Tree: A decision tree for deciding when and how to implement alt text in your work on the web. This is a work in progress by the editors of the HTML5 spec, but its extremely useful in its current form.
- Easy Checks: A set of simple checks developers can make while building websites and applications.
Last updated: 2014-09-12