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.

Accessible links without underlines

When styling hyperlinks within blocks of text, sticking to the convention of underlines is always preferable. It’s clear, easily understood, and accessible.

If the design calls for text links to not have underlines, but change the color of links, you are now confronted with a three sided design constraint. Simply having a different color is not sufficient, because this difference may not be perceivable to users with colorblindness or other visual impairments.

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