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When you're reading a document on the Interwebs, you'll notice several textual elements: page titles, headers, sub-headers, bullets, and supporting body text. When you fill out forms, you'll notice that fields are in order (or they should be!), with notes about requiring fields close to the required fields itself. People experiencing visual impairm...
As part of our mini-project to cover different aspects of WCAG 2.0 in a way that people can understand, this item helps people partake in events that are audio-only (no video). ​We've already covered adding captions to live video broadcasts here . This mandate is extremely similar, except sans video. To keep this short and sweet, the best...
What  a Media Alternative Means ​A lot of this Level AAA mandate is a bit redundant of 1.2.3 if you provided a text description. This mandate does go into a bit more detail into what's described, and the answer is simple: everything! All audible cues, laugh tracks, everything; and all synchronized to the media. Since a lot of this is alre...
Consider a few different scenarios: Imagine you're a person experiencing visual impairment. You're a student at a prestigious law school, and you're watching a recording of last week's lecture that was posted online. You have a test next week, and while watching the video, you hear the professor, but you're unable to see what she's writing on the b...
What does this compliance item mean? Sure - captions are helpful for those with visual impairment, and audio (spoken) descriptions are super-helpful and add to those consuming video. However, sign language adds much more depth to the media; it has expression, personality, and dynamics that's simply not possible on captions or audio descriptions. Th...
What does adding an audio description mean? ​Adding audio descriptions is pretty much how it sounds. It's simply describing what's happening in your video content. For example, things to be included in the descriptions would be: ​Describing/ introducing who's speaking Explaining overall setting, and visual elements that are key in the narrative Exp...
What does adding live captions mean? So... more than 5% of the world's people are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Also, around 30 million people in the good ole U.S. of A. have some degree of hearing loss. As our population gets older, this statistic is extremely likely to grow. ​So there are captions, which I describe in a previous blo...
What does adding audio descriptions to video mean? ​So there are captions, which I describe in a previous blog article . However, an audio description is more of a narrative of what's happening in the video itself. It needs to contain descriptions such as audible pauses, laughter, as well as elements that make the video informative and/ or entertai...
The Fancy Name:  1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) - Level A: Captions are provided for all prerecorded audio content in synchronized media, except when the media is a media alternative for text and is clearly labeled as such. This one is pretty easy to understand, so we'll spend more time understanding actionable things you can do to be compliant ...
The Fancy Name: WCAG 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded) ​This is ensuring your visitors can understand the gist of video/ audio content in similar ways to those viewing/ hearing the media.  I'm a huge fan of applicable learning, so let's take this video of cats flying to Star Wars themes (because what other example would I possibly ...
This is the first in a series of blog posts (61 in total!) that will cover the different elements of WCAG compliance. There are tons of official recommendations per the compliance guide here, but for the sake of brevity and efficiency, we'll be focusing on the most common scenarios and easiest ways to make your sites more accessible with the wealth...
You wake up in the morning, and perhaps you grab your phone from your nightstand (because heaven forbid a phone be too far away from us!), and you comb through your emails. You see one from your friend that has a link to a website of cats playing pianos. You click on it, but you can't experience anything because you're experiencing blindness, or pe...