WAI‘s Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) seeking inputs for WAI’s new site design

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAi) of World Wide Web Consortium is one stop for all resources including guidelines, techniques, checklists, examples related to web accessibility. Education and Outreach Working Group is seeking inputs from community to work on re-design of WAI’s website. The Survey with 57 questions asks very interesting input including what is needed for user’s job requirement and what would we like to see on WAI’s website. I have just completed the survey and highly encourage everyone to do so.

Email from Sharron Rush Co-Chair of EOWG is quoted below:

Greetings all,

The EOWG has created a Task Force to re-design the WAI web site. Our first challenge is understanding who we are building this for. If you would like to contribute your data to the construction of a few personas that will guide our effort, please take this (sorry rather long) survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T28B59P

As important and maybe even more important is to collect data from web professionals who do not yet participate in WAI and who may be unaware of web accessibility and the WAI guidelines and supports. To that end, please spread the word about the survey to people who may not be accessibility aware.

…and please let folks know as well that there is a drawing for a $100 gift card for anyone who completes the survey and wants to leave contact information.

Thanks for your help.

Onward!
Sharron Rush

Thanks in advance for your time and inputs! Oh, also participating in this survey will let you stand to win a $100 gift card. All the best!

Accessibility Review: Jobs for People with Disabilities portal by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

Noticed that Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has launched Job Portal for people with disabilities; which would aim to become a great portal for job seekers with disabilities, employers and training institutes. This is certainly a great initiative although I personally prefer to embed people with disabilities with mainstream job portal but this initiative certainly helps.

As an accessibility enthusiast, I wanted to look up the portal from accessibility prospective and below are my findings. Though I’m disturbed to see claim that this website is complied with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA; while it’s actually not. That said, I hope department will work with their developers and get the issues fixed.

Disclaimer:

  1. This post is not to criticize the Government but to help ministry and developer know the problem and help them fix issues thus to make portal fully accessible.
  2. This is not a complete accessibility report; this review can be used only as a reference
  3. If visitors of this website notice any other issues related to accessibility or usability may please add them in the comments section or write directly to the ministry

Accessibility Assessment Findigns

  1. Page title is inappropriate. Home page has “Index” as page title
  2. Buttons provided for “small text, medium text and large text” does not convey it’s purpose
  3. Color scheme buttons does not have accessibel name; also visual indication is not clear to identify expected color scheme.
  4. When navigating through color schemes, screen reader reads for one tab stop as “www.disabilityjobs.gov.in “> and next next tab stop says “button link”
  5. Login button does not have an accessible name
  6. Login button does not have visible focus indicator
  7. Placeholder text is provided as labels for “Enter email ID to register” and “Type password”; it’s not recommended to use placeholder as label for form elements.
  8. Full “I agree to the terms and conditions” needs to be associated with check box.
  9. Check box “I agree to the terms and conditions” does not have visible focus indicator.
  10. Register button does not have accessible name
  11. Register button does not have visible focus indicator
  12. All form fields in Search jobs widget have placeholder as form labels and thus label goes away when user inserts data.
  13. Search button does not have accessible name
  14. Deprecated mark-up of marque is used for “No Payment to be made by applicant to any agency or employee.If someone ask for registration fee or any other cost please immediately bring to NHFDC notice”
  15. Tab panel for Search jobs, Recruiter and Training institutes is not operable using keyboard
  16. Location field (in all tabs) brings up a list of locations with checkboxes but not notified to screen reader and operable only after using a tab key from location field; futher there is no mechanism to dismiss this list before navigating through all location options. Notice Andaman and Nicobar has given as two seperate states!
  17. Image link “Accessible India Campaign” (located between Create a job account and Join our employer” is not accessible using keyboard.
  18. There is a button available to show / hide social media links (Facebook and Twitter) and same does not have an accessible name.
  19. Photo gallery is not accessible using keyboard
  20. There is no mechanism to pause / stop news scrolling.

For any further questions or clarifications of this post, please write to me at srinivasu.c(at)sgaccessibility(dot)com

Should websites include Accessibility Options? May be and may be not…

In 2013, posted about Accessibility options and Browser Accessibility options and still I see concept of including accessibility is still exist in the minds of web authors. So wanted to reiterate as to why we do not recommend accessibility options embed on to the website.

I still agree that having such options like Increase Font size, decrease font size, change contrast icons may be helpful but for only a few users and not to many. Some of the problems occurs by using these options are:

  • Increases development cost: Specially for options like Change contrast, it involves writing additional style sheets and that’s a huge investment. Also one needs to worry about things like what happens to images when contrast is changed, etc.,?
  • Less usage: When user comes to a website, it means he or she already have some assistive tools that meets their requirement. So they can continue to use their own tools and technologies and really do not use options provided in the website

What could be done instead is to add information about Braower’s accessibility support, information about assistive technology, what’s the accessbility care taken in the website such as keyboard functionality, etc., in a help page.

Bottom line is let’s invest efforts on where actually needed and avoid unnecessary efforts!

NVDA 2016.2 is released!

Our favorite screen reader NVDA – a free and open source screen reader has just announced it’s newest version 2016.2! Highlights of this version as mentioned on the release blog post:

Highlights of this release include the ability to indicate spelling errors while typing; support for reporting grammar errors in Microsoft Word; and improvements and fixes to Microsoft Office support.

It’s heartening to learn that NVDA is being used by 10s of thousands of users spanning around 120 countries. Efforts of NV Access team are indeed commendable and deserves a great support and contribution.

Users can update to the new version either via update dialog of NVDA or by visiting NVDA Download page

As always, Thank you Jamie and everyone behind NVDA for wonderful work!

W3C elects new advisory board.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has just announced it’s new advisory board who plays a key role in providing guidance to the team on strategy, legal matters, conflict resolutions etc.,

The W3C Advisory Committee has filled five open seats on the W3C Advisory Board. Created in 1998, the Advisory Board provides guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. Beginning 1 July 2016, the nine Advisory Board participants are Tantek Çelik (Mozilla), Michael Champion (Microsoft), Virginie Galindo (Gemalto), Jay (Junichi) Kishigami (NTT), Charles McCathie Nevile (Yandex), David Singer (Apple), Léonie Watson (The Paciello Group), Chris Wilson (Google) and Judy Zhu (Alibaba). Many thanks to Soohong Daniel Park (Samsung Electronics), whose term ends this month. Read more about the Advisory Board.

And I would specially want to congratulate two folks; one is Charles McCathie Nevile (Yandex), who I met for the first time at Techshare India 2008 at his capacity as CTO of Opera Software. A highly technical guy with a lot of passion for accessibility. What I like about him is his detailed views on any topics raised in different accessibility forum.

Second person I would like to congratulate is Léonie Watson (The Paciello Group), a great speaker with energy, blogger, again with high technical knowledge.

I’m sure W3C never regrets to have these two awesome people onto the board. Kudos to everyone else too.

Regads,
Srinivasu