Link: Demuxed Podcast: Accessibility For The Future

This was pointed to me by a coworker – it’s an episode of the Demuxed Podcast, which deals with issues around video engineering.

They delve into the issues around accessibility specifically when it comes to video. I didn’t know the history of competing standards when it comes to captioning files, so that was interesting.

There is also some good “why you should care about accessibility” content in here as well. Give it a listen!

Link: Accessibility Whack-A-Mole

A great article from A List Apart that reminds us that Accessibility is not a binary thing. You’re not Accessible one day when you weren’t before.

It also acknowledges an issue with Accessibility that rarely is spoken about: it’s often self-contradictory.

I’m dyslexic, and one of the recommendations for reducing visual stress that I’ve found tremendously helpful is low contrast between text and background color. This, though, often means failing to meet accessibility requirements for people who are visually impaired. Once you start really looking, you notice accessibility conflicts large and small cropping up everywhere.

You shouldn’t worry about Section 508 – it’s Section 504

There is a misunderstanding about web accessibility that’s pretty prevalent: that being “accessible” means that you comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

One of the questions that comes up when initially exploring web accessibility is whether or not your web site even has to follow Section 508.

Odds are you probably don’t need to follow Section 5081.

However, there is a much better chance that you may need to comply with Section 504.

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