Roberta  Ward

Roberta Ward

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Making the Web a Better Place: Accessibility Learnings

“Accessibility” tends to be a word that’s easily thrown into conversations to convey a sense of inclusivity but oftentimes comes with a lack of understanding.

Accessibility, often shortened to A11Y, shouldn’t be confused with usability. Usability refers to how a product is used by its users to achieve certain goals — effectively, efficiently, and with a sense of satisfaction. Accessibility, on the other hand, is the design of products such that it is usable by people with a wide range of abilities. In a nutshell, everyone (and by everyone, I really do mean every one) should be able to use it.

I confess that I did not know much about accessibility for software development. It was a topic that was not covered or mentioned in my bootcamp, but it’s a topic I find to be critically important as I continue to move forward in this space — even as a new developer. I am currently learning, as we all are.

I hope to delve deeper into this topic in my later articles, but for now, here are some quick and simple tips to keep in mind the next time you write that image tag without a descriptive alternate text or create a form/input field with no labels for it.

Note: There are a few different groups of disabilities to keep in mind: visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive. Today’s tips will be more visual-focused.

Visual

The ones that often and easily come to mind are visual — people who are blind or have a visual impairment and low visual acuity. Keyboard navigation is crucial for addressing these issues. Additionally, with visual disabilities, developers should not rely on color as the sole navigational tool or indication of different items. Namely, do not solely depend on the colors red and green to indicate bad or good. Why? Color blindness!

Now, I’m not saying to not use color. Use it! It makes the world come to life! But please add icons, text, and other elements to reinforce the content. Check your color contrast too — a low contrast can prove difficult to read for users.

Lastly, some people prefer a large print text or magnification to help read content, so design the page to allow for a zoomed-in lens with clear communication of the page’s content.

If images are included, and they often are, be sure to include alternative text in the markup/code! It’s a simple addition while you’re writing the code. It’s right there. A caption or descriptive summary close to the image is also a helpful addition. Users with visual impairments rely on assistive tools like screen readers to get information from the page. Screen readers will read out the alt text.

Additionally, let’s say you’re incorporating a form onto the page. For each input field, have a labelattached such that if a user were to click the label, the corresponding input field will focus. This is called an accessibility tree — something that screen readers utilize. It informs the user of various properties of the element (like the type, name, and state). This way, the connection between the label and input field element is clear and helps the user know what they’re answering.

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Making the Web a Better Place: Accessibility Learnings
Roberta  Ward

Roberta Ward

1602323147

Making the Web a Better Place: Accessibility Learnings

“Accessibility” tends to be a word that’s easily thrown into conversations to convey a sense of inclusivity but oftentimes comes with a lack of understanding.

Accessibility, often shortened to A11Y, shouldn’t be confused with usability. Usability refers to how a product is used by its users to achieve certain goals — effectively, efficiently, and with a sense of satisfaction. Accessibility, on the other hand, is the design of products such that it is usable by people with a wide range of abilities. In a nutshell, everyone (and by everyone, I really do mean every one) should be able to use it.

I confess that I did not know much about accessibility for software development. It was a topic that was not covered or mentioned in my bootcamp, but it’s a topic I find to be critically important as I continue to move forward in this space — even as a new developer. I am currently learning, as we all are.

I hope to delve deeper into this topic in my later articles, but for now, here are some quick and simple tips to keep in mind the next time you write that image tag without a descriptive alternate text or create a form/input field with no labels for it.

Note: There are a few different groups of disabilities to keep in mind: visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive. Today’s tips will be more visual-focused.

Visual

The ones that often and easily come to mind are visual — people who are blind or have a visual impairment and low visual acuity. Keyboard navigation is crucial for addressing these issues. Additionally, with visual disabilities, developers should not rely on color as the sole navigational tool or indication of different items. Namely, do not solely depend on the colors red and green to indicate bad or good. Why? Color blindness!

Now, I’m not saying to not use color. Use it! It makes the world come to life! But please add icons, text, and other elements to reinforce the content. Check your color contrast too — a low contrast can prove difficult to read for users.

Lastly, some people prefer a large print text or magnification to help read content, so design the page to allow for a zoomed-in lens with clear communication of the page’s content.

If images are included, and they often are, be sure to include alternative text in the markup/code! It’s a simple addition while you’re writing the code. It’s right there. A caption or descriptive summary close to the image is also a helpful addition. Users with visual impairments rely on assistive tools like screen readers to get information from the page. Screen readers will read out the alt text.

Additionally, let’s say you’re incorporating a form onto the page. For each input field, have a labelattached such that if a user were to click the label, the corresponding input field will focus. This is called an accessibility tree — something that screen readers utilize. It informs the user of various properties of the element (like the type, name, and state). This way, the connection between the label and input field element is clear and helps the user know what they’re answering.

#accessibility #web-development #programming #html #web-accessibility

Lia  Haley

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The World Needs Web Accessibility Now More Than Ever

A background with a top view of a laptop keyboard and text that reads, the web has become less accessible.

I attended a talk last year by Mike Gifford where he said, “the web has actually become LESS accessible since 2011.”

It’s cheap and easy for anyone to create a website these days, and hardly anyone considers accessibility. And why would you? If it’s not in your daily purview, it’s not going into your list of website requirements. Heck, most people don’t even think of the end user, Disabled or not, when creating a website. Especially not when they use a “drag and drop” style website creation platform. Nothing against those, just that those platforms often don’t have accessibility built in, and it’s very difficult to make them so, even if you had the desire.

The other aspect working against website accessibility is when you say the word, ‘accessibility’ not every even has a concept of what that means. I asked a website designer recently if he makes accessible websites, and he said, “yes…we add alt-tags to all our images.” Ummmm, OK. Great. But can a screen reader read your website?

So let’s dispel some myths and dive a bit into the world of what it means to implement web accessibility.

First off, it’s important to note that the USA actually has very clear legislation regarding accessibility. It’s called the Americans With Disabilities Act, and it includes websites. US-based companies should be aware that not having a minimally accessible business website can leave you open to a law suit and fines. I’m Canadian with a Canadian registered company, so I do not actually have to worry about getting sued for not having an accessible website, but bonus, I have one anyway! I’ll explain why it’s beneficial to have an accessible website even if you are not a US-based company.

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e-learning Web-Based Training Software - SISGAIN

SISGAIN is the best elearning software development service provider for your business in Texas, USA. We offer the most significant level of eLearning, content administration, and internet preparation. The e-learning web based software helps associations, all things considered, to pick, create and execute e-learning product development services to drive workers’ presentation and improve authoritative results through advanced instruction. Our corporate clients get easy to use and natural inward preparing and expert advancement of mobile applications for e-learning, external-facing e-learning web portals for partners learning entrances for accomplices and customers. For more information call us at +18444455767 or email us at hello@sisgain.com

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E-Learning App Development: Types, Cost & Features

The growth of the online modes for students has increased since the pandemic. This growth has been possible with the help of E-learning software systems. This software has shown a future with more opportunities, even in this pandemic. This market will grow to a high of 350 billion dollars by 2025. Due to this pandemic, most education organizations have shifted to online modes. So, naturally, this means the need for E-learning software systems will grow. So, do you have a complete idea for your E-learning applications and are planning to develop one for your organization? E-learning product development is not a very difficult process to handle. To make the process easier for you, we have added the types of e-learning apps, its features, benefits, development cost and much more in this blog. To read more click on the link.

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Evolution in Web Design: A Case Study of 25 Years - Prismetric

The term web design simply encompasses a design process related to the front-end design of website that includes writing mark-up. Creative web design has a considerable impact on your perceived business credibility and quality. It taps onto the broader scopes of web development services.

Web designing is identified as a critical factor for the success of websites and eCommerce. The internet has completely changed the way businesses and brands operate. Web design and web development go hand-in-hand and the need for a professional web design and development company, offering a blend of creative designs and user-centric elements at an affordable rate, is growing at a significant rate.

In this blog, we have focused on the different areas of designing a website that covers all the trends, tools, and techniques coming up with time.

Web design
In 2020 itself, the number of smartphone users across the globe stands at 6.95 billion, with experts suggesting a high rise of 17.75 billion by 2024. On the other hand, the percentage of Gen Z web and internet users worldwide is up to 98%. This is not just a huge market but a ginormous one to boost your business and grow your presence online.

Web Design History
At a huge particle physics laboratory, CERN in Switzerland, the son of computer scientist Barner Lee published the first-ever website on August 6, 1991. He is not only the first web designer but also the creator of HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The worldwide web persisted and after two years, the world’s first search engine was born. This was just the beginning.

Evolution of Web Design over the years
With the release of the Internet web browser and Windows 95 in 1995, most trading companies at that time saw innumerable possibilities of instant worldwide information and public sharing of websites to increase their sales. This led to the prospect of eCommerce and worldwide group communications.

The next few years saw a soaring launch of the now-so-famous websites such as Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Google, and substantially more. In 2004, by the time Facebook was launched, there were more than 50 million websites online.

Then came the era of Google, the ruler of all search engines introducing us to search engine optimization (SEO) and businesses sought their ways to improve their ranks. The world turned more towards mobile web experiences and responsive mobile-friendly web designs became requisite.

Let’s take a deep look at the evolution of illustrious brands to have a profound understanding of web design.

Here is a retrospection of a few widely acclaimed brands over the years.

Netflix
From a simple idea of renting DVDs online to a multi-billion-dollar business, saying that Netflix has come a long way is an understatement. A company that has sent shockwaves across Hollywood in the form of content delivery. Abundantly, Netflix (NFLX) is responsible for the rise in streaming services across 190 countries and meaningful changes in the entertainment industry.

1997-2000

The idea of Netflix was born when Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph decided to rent DVDs by mail. With 925 titles and a pay-per-rental model, Netflix.com debuts the first DVD rental and sales site with all novel features. It offered unlimited rentals without due dates or monthly rental limitations with a personalized movie recommendation system.

Netflix 1997-2000

2001-2005

Announcing its initial public offering (IPO) under the NASDAQ ticker NFLX, Netflix reached over 1 million subscribers in the United States by introducing a profile feature in their influential website design along with a free trial allowing members to create lists and rate their favorite movies. The user experience was quite engaging with the categorization of content, recommendations based on history, search engine, and a queue of movies to watch.

Netflix 2001-2005 -2003

2006-2010

They then unleashed streaming and partnering with electronic brands such as blu-ray, Xbox, and set-top boxes so that users can watch series and films straight away. Later in 2010, they also launched their sophisticated website on mobile devices with its iconic red and black themed background.

Netflix 2006-2010 -2007

2011-2015

In 2013, an eye-tracking test revealed that the users didn’t focus on the details of the movie or show in the existing interface and were perplexed with the flow of information. Hence, the professional web designers simply shifted the text from the right side to the top of the screen. With Daredevil, an audio description feature was also launched for the visually impaired ones.

Netflix 2011-2015

2016-2020

These years, Netflix came with a plethora of new features for their modern website design such as AutoPay, snippets of trailers, recommendations categorized by genre, percentage based on user experience, upcoming shows, top 10 lists, etc. These web application features yielded better results in visual hierarchy and flow of information across the website.

Netflix 2016-2020

2021

With a sleek logo in their iconic red N, timeless black background with a ‘Watch anywhere, Cancel anytime’ the color, the combination, the statement, and the leading ott platform for top video streaming service Netflix has overgrown into a revolutionary lifestyle of Netflix and Chill.

Netflix 2021

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