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Bangalore Accessibility Meet-up July 2013 – a Thank you note!

Inspired by Ted Drake of Intuit, who initiated and hosted Bangalore Accessibility Dinner back in May, 2013, I thought, we should continue the momentum. Thanks to the The National Association for the Blind, Karntaka Branch for their support with venue and logistics which helped us to organize 2nd Bangalore Accessibility Meet up on 27th July 2013. It was good to see about 15 folks joined us from around the city and it was more encouraging to see new participants from companies like Bang the Table and so on!

We had no agenda for this meet up and the objective was to share news about accessibility and what’s happening around the world. Group was excited about HTML 5 Tour being organized by W3C India.

Also, we have made a note to have a look at the final draft of WCAG2ICT document and the group was agreed to read the documents and send in comments if any.

In midst of our discussion, there was one question about how we can create awareness about Accessibility to Government departments and encourage them to implement Web Guidelines for Indian Government Websites and that gave us a plan to pick a few departments and each one of start reaching out to see what we can do in next three months time. Some of the departments we have picked including Income Tax Department, IRCTC, LIC, Bangalore One, etc., Guys, let’s strive our best to achieve our goal!

Thank you all who were able to join us and looking forward to seeing you all in next meet up. Spread the word!

We have decided to meet every last Saturday of the month, so the next meet up will be on 24th August, 2013. Please RSVP on Bangalore Accessibility Meet up August 2013 event page on Facebook

Twitter: @CSrinivasu

Page titles, what is that all about?

This is going to be a quick post, but something very essential.

<title> is something that represent your web page and it is indeed helpful specially those who opens multiple websites on different tabs.

Page <title> should convey the content of the page and information about the portal. It’s very essential to provide appropriate page <title>. Why is it so important to have an unique page <title> is that if we have a multiple tabs opened on a browser, just by looking at the title, we should know what page we would be using.

Page <title> is inserted as part of page <header> and the coode looks like:

Page name: Portal name
...and then starts the <body> attribute.

It is Level A requirement of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Success Criterion 2.4.2 Page Titled: Web pages have titles that describe topic or purpose. (Level A)

So all web authors, look at your portals and ensure you have unique page <title>

Accessibility Round-up July 11th 2013

SkipTo plugin by PayPal Accessibility Team – an enhancement to SkipTo links

Did you remember our post on Skip links – what, why and how?. In that article, we have seen how skip links would benefit users who uses screen readers or keyboard only but wouldn’t it be cool if Skip links actually helps everyone?

Thanks to PayPal (External link) for introducing an enhancement to skip to by introducing SkipTo Plugin (External link).

Let’s say you run a knowledge base portal or a news daily and your readers would love to browser by skim reading the page and read complete article of their choice. So they decide to skim read by headings and as you know one needs to either a scroll through the page with mouse or use down arrow on the keyboard. Wouldn’t it be cool, if your readers have a choice where they don’t require to scroll down and down a lot to skim read and able to browse all headings at one place? That’s exactly what SkipTo plugin offers. Not only your readers can browse through headings easily but the tool also have ability to show them important sections of the page such as content area, navigation, search etc., What’s more? if your reader is in middle of e page and would want to see the headings list, they can do so just by using a keyboard short cut key! You, as a developer or author, have a flexibility to decide what level of headings you would want to display, whether to show module on keyboard focus or page load and decide a keyboard short cut key.

You can very much experience the SkipTo plugin on this website. Thank you PayPal Accessibility team for this wonderful gift! BTW, this plugin is open sourced so any of you can help improve the plugin!

Once again here is the link to grap SkipTo plugin