Chart your course to accessibility: a guide for businessesArticle contains
  1. A guide to making things more accessible
  2. The current state of the field
  3. An urge for companies to act
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Chart your course to accessibility: a guide for businesses

It is unacceptable to treat accessibility as an afterthought in this digital era. It’s essential for a welcoming society since it ensures that people with all kinds of abilities can use and benefit from the same resources. Disability affects over 15% of the world’s population of approximately 8 billion people. In other words, 1.3 billion people are directly affected, according to the World Health Organization. This is a staggering number that is only going to increase due to reasons like an aging population.

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Accessible and SEO friendly SVGsArticle contains
  1. What actually SVG is?
  2. SVG and Accessibility
    1. How do assistive technologies understand the content?
    2. How do assistive technologies understand SVG?
    3. Example 1: SVG icon and text
    4. Example 2: SVG icon only
    5. Example 3: SVG that should be treated as an image
    6. Example 4: SVG with complex data that requires a detailed description
    7. Example 5: SVG image referenced in the src attribute of the img tag
  3. SVG and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    1. Hyperlinks and SEO
    2. Page load times
    3. Indexing in image search engine
    4. What are the benefits of using an image search engine?
    5. Be careful with embedding SVG in HTML
  4. Summary
Making a business case for digital accessibilityArticle contains
  1. Reducing legal risks: Beyond compliance
  2. Enhancing user experience: A gateway to universal design
  3. Boosting brand reputation: Aligning with ethical consumerism
  4. Driving innovation: The mother of invention
  5. Expanding the customer base: Tapping into the disability market
  6. Summary: Inclusion and accessibility for the future
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Making a business case for digital accessibility

In the ever-evolving landscape of global business, companies are constantly looking for ways to innovate and expand their market reach as well as to enhance their brand reputation.

On the path to these goals, one vital element that often gets overlooked is accessibility. Accessibility refers to the practice of making products, services, and environments usable by as many people as possible, particularly those with disabilities. However, this notion goes beyond simply ticking legal boxes. Embracing inclusivity and social responsibility isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s a powerful driver of business success.

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Designing for dyslexic usersArticle contains
  1. What actually is dyslexia?
  2. Designing for dyslexia as a key to inclusivity and accessibility
  3. Choose clear fonts and typography
  4. Format text for ease of reading
  5. Use high contrast colors
  6. Incorporate multimedia for visual aids
  7. Use simple language and writing style
  8. Design intuitive navigation and layout
  9. Using images and diagrams to support text
  10. Summary of design considerations for dyslexic users
  11. Additional resources related to designing for dyslexic users
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Designing for dyslexic users

Did you know that optimizing your digital content for dyslexic users may not only boost your website’s accessibility but also increase your customer base? With an estimated one out of ten people having dyslexia, that’s roughly 780 million people worldwide (1 out of 10 people have dyslexia) who could benefit from dyslexia-friendly design.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities. To ensure that your content is inclusive and accessible, consider implementing certain design considerations.

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How do you measure the success of the website project?Article contains
  1. Key points of measuring the success of the website project
  2. What metrics and analytics do you use to track and report the website's performance and impact?
  3. Can data-driven decisions really optimize my website's user experience, content, and marketing strategies?
Font Italics: Improving Accessibility with Best PracticesArticle contains
  1. Are italic fonts always inaccessible?
  2. The impact of italic fonts on web accessibility
  3. Comparing three font families for readability: OpenDyslexic 3, Arial, and Tahoma
  4. Best practices for using italic fonts in web accessibility
  5. A summary of italic fonts and web accessibility
Hiding a text but making it accessible to a screen readerArticle contains
  1. Making hidden text accessible to screen readers: a guide
  2. Difference between CSS class .visually-hidden and .sr-only
  3. Accessibility and Hidden Text: Can Screen Readers Detect It?
  4. How visibility: hidden affects screen readers
  5. Is there a way to test whether the hidden text is actually being read by screen readers after applying the .visually-hidden class?
  6. Why hide text from sighted users?
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Hiding a text but making it accessible to a screen reader

Accessible hiding allows an element to be visually hidden while remaining accessible to assistive technologies such as screen readers. The approach is to apply a CSS class to the element that should not be shown.

There are several solutions for this type of CSS class, but we recommend following styles that cover hiding elements and optionally giving the ability to show the element when the element receives the focus or contains an element that has received focus. Useful for Skip to the main content links. See Adding a link at the top of each page that goes directly to the main content area.

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The Key to Agile Accessibility: Effective Measurement of What MattersArticle contains
  1. Why should you track the performance of your agile accessibility efforts?
  2. What should you track to see if your agile approach to accessibility is effective?
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The Key to Agile Accessibility: Effective Measurement of What Matters

Agile accessibility is the incorporation of accessibility principles and practices into the agile software development methodology.

Ensuring accessibility is an a constant and iterative process throughout the development cycle meaning making sure that software and web applications are designed and developed with accessibility in mind from the very beginning.

Tracking accessibility KPIs is a critical step in ensuring that your digital products are accessible to all users.

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Sass with RTL and LTR support: creating multilingual websitesArticle contains
  1. Understanding Sass with RTL and LTR Support
  2. Key definitions and explanations
  3. A screenshot of a page with right-to-left content
  4. How to implement RTL and LTR support in Sass
  5. Changing the locale in Chromium-based browsers
  6. Tips and tricks for managing bi-directional text
    1. Time
    2. Parentheses
  7. Additional resources for managing bi-directional text
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Sass with RTL and LTR support: creating multilingual websites

Sass with RTL and LTR support isn’t available out of the box, but it can be done through simple Sass @mixin and @include rules that can be used across all Sass files.

RTL stands for Right-to-Left. It is a writing direction used in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian. Supporting both right-to-left (RTL), more often bi-directional (BiDi), and left-to-right (LTR) representations of Web pages can be a challange.

Note that you can also achieve the same with Less (which stands for Leaner Style Sheets).

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WCAG 2.2: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Improved User ExperienceArticle contains
  1. WCAG 2.2: what's new
  2. Summary
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WCAG 2.2: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Improved User Experience

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 was published as a W3C Recommendation web standard on October 5, 2023.

According to the World Wide Web (W3) site:

WCAG 2.2 was initiated with the goal to continue the work of WCAG 2.1: Improving accessibility guidance for three major groups: users with cognitive or learning disabilities, users with low vision, and users with disabilities on mobile devices.

This is huge news for anyone who creates websites, digital services, or mobile applications, or if you simply care about making the internet more accessible in general.

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