Author: Jeff

Cassette tape labelled with Accessibility
Posted on July 27, 2014 by

Website Accessibility: Audio

In this post, we’ll see what the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2) say about audio. Accessible audio helps users and search engines find and understand your content. Before we roll up our sleeves, let’s be clear that this post is about audio-only files – not video with audio. If you manage a site with audio files Read More

An octopus that gradually becomes pixelated.
Posted on June 29, 2014 by

Website Accessibility: Images

Using the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, let’s look at how we make images more accessible to users with vision, hearing, motor and cognitive disabilities. Put on a pot of coffee before you read the WCAG2. You’ll need all of it. The guidelines are full of useful information but you must decipher its cryptic code that ensures only the most Read More

Image of a sign guiding users away from a large wave.
Posted on May 10, 2014 by

Why Bother with Website Accessibility Guidelines?

In the first of a series of posts on accessibility, we’ll discuss why the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 can make our efforts easier to fund, prioritize, and implement. Making websites accessible to users with vision, hearing, motor, and cognitive disabilities is a noble and financially prudent cause. If we’re serious about serving as many users as we can, let’s Read More

Improving contest usability means removing barriers
Posted on March 12, 2014 by

Mini Case Study: Contest Usability

When it comes to contest usability, efforts should focus on removing barriers. Here’s what we did with powersmart.ca. Just the other week, we launched a new contest at powersmart.ca. Until April 15, users can win prize packs of energy-efficient goodies courtesy of The Home Depot. Each pack includes a shiny Nest Learning Thermostat.  To enter to win, users first Read More

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