Apr 02 2014

Housing 4-2-14

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Hi Markus

Thanks again for reaching out regarding the accessibility of your housing contracts. Keep in mind that it is important that both the contacts and the tool itself are accessible. I mention this because at our meeting we only discussed the accessibility of the digital contracts. The RFP for the tool should also have an accessibility requirement included.

When you are ready to do in-situ user testing with screen readers, Robert Espero (cc’d) can assist.

I looked in the AMP tool and I didn’t see specific user names for Mitch or Connie, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have access (because Shibboleth). The URL for Shibboleth’d AMP access is:


The way to grant access to your web scans in AMP is at the project level via the ‘Project Permissions’ link (see screen shot attached).

Here are some other tools I commonly use that you may find helpful:

W3C Validation Service – http://validator.w3.org

WebAIM Color Contrast Checker: – http://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/


WAVE Accessibility Tool: – http://wave.webaim.org

– I point all our outside vendors/developers to this tool because they won’t have access to AMP

Total Validator Pro: – http://www.totalvalidator.com/tools/protool.html

– Great for site-wide validation scans

I’ll get that example contract markup to you ASAP. Feel free to ping me any time.


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Mar 31 2014

March News Roundup

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Email sent by Todd McGill, OIT Universal Design/Web Accessibility Specialist

March was a pretty big month in the web accessibility community with several conferences occurring during that time (most notably, CSUN). Here are some of my takeaways from the sessions I attended, listed in the order in which they appear in my notes.


– 1) The Straw Test is a simple and effective technique for designing web forms to help enhance accessibility and mobile-friendlyness. The ideas is to look at your layout through a ‘straw’ (ie, a very narrow a limited view

area) to observe whether form labels, input fields, and action buttons are all easily findable and relatable. Typically, forms that require two-dimensional visual scanning (you need to scan the page both vertically and horizontally to identify and relate all elements) will fail the straw test and reveal a potentially weak design.


– 2) LinkedIn uses web glyph fonts instead of images/tiles for their simple iconography. Not an accessibility enhancement per se, but this route may provide some performance benefits.


– 3) In response to legal issues, the Canadian government has developed the Web Experience Toolkit

(http://wet-boew.github.io/wet-boew/index-en.html) and mandated that all federal sites adopt it. WET is a toolkit based on Twitter Bootstrap that accounts for Bootstrap’s accessibility failings (apparently the JavaScript has some issues) and auto-inserts accessibility features that pertain to webapp-type sites (WAI-ARIA stuff).


– 4) SSB Bart, the developer of our system-wide web accessibility scanning tool (AMP), announced that AMP will soon support scanning and reporting on the accessibility of pdf files. This feature will be available in the ‘near future’. SSB Bart is also considering adding support for Microsoft office documents.


– 5) Theres a group on LinkedIn called Accessible Innovators that has loads of interesting tips and such:



The second news item from March is that UCOP is conducting followup benchmark scans of our selected campus sites this week (list below). I am available to those who would like help reading and interpreting the results.


– Campus (main)

– Undergraduate Admissions

– Graduate Admissions

– Staff Jobs/Human Resources

– Library

– Bookstore

– Student Health

– Student Housing

– Disabled Students Office

– Summer Session

– Extension

– Development

– Medical Center


Todd McGill

Strategic Communications

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Mar 27 2014

Pearson Education: Web Accessbility Resources

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Excellent collection of web accessibility tips, examples and resources


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Mar 27 2014

Web Accessibility Resource Pages

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Ohio State’s tutorials/resources:


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Mar 25 2014

Click-and-Go Wayfinding Maps

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Demonstration of accessible maps for use on campuses.

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Nov 08 2013

Web Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0

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This standard provides guidelines for designing web content authoring tools that are both more accessible to authors with disabilities (Part A) and designed to enable, support, and promote the production of more accessible web content by all authors.

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Oct 30 2013

Text Color Contrast Tool

I’ve (Greg Kraus, NCSU) developed a tool to help analyze text color contrast problems for text in images, over top of gradients, and in PDF documents. It’s available as a Chrome Extension. Feel free to use it and if you have any feedback I’d greatly appreciate it.

Download from the Chrome Store:


Blog Post:


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Oct 18 2013

Chief Information Access Officer

Provided by Sean Keegan, Stanford University

This position oversees and directs the University’s/institution’s accessibility policies and enforcement:

Chief Info Accessibility Officer

Office of Enterprise Technology

Job Description:

The Chief Information Accessibility Officer (CIAO):

  • Convenes the Technology Advisory Board;
  • Is the point person and champion for accessibility implementation within state government;
  • Makes recommendations on legislation;
  • Identifies, drafts, implements policy needed to meet accessibility standards;
  • Identifies ways to integrate accessibility into current or new State processes;
  • Is an ex officio member of governance groups ensuring that accessibility is appropriately considered;
  • Works with the IT program to include accessibility standards in the new consolidated environment;
  • Initiates and oversees an accessibility implementation program;
  • Works with the appropriate enterprise and agency leadership to communicate the reasons for accessibility, and provide cost effective training across state government;
  • Oversees accessibility content on web page;
  • Stays current with changes to Section 508 and WCAG and trends in accessibility;
  • Makes presentations on accessibility and the State’s accessibility implementation program to a wide variety of audiences. – Initiates and oversees an accessibility implementation program
  • Using best practices for program documentation; Identifies, measures, and reports on progress and benefits achieved by the program;
  • Manages the budget provided by the legislature;
  • Creates and implements and accessibility communication plan;
  • Status reporting, including annual report to the legislature.

Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires all of the following:


  • Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Accessibility standards;
  • Change management principles and methodologies;
  • Public sector procurement processes;
  • Familiar with all aspects of IT including hardware, software, web and application methodologies, and service delivery processes.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Ability to relate to a wide spectrum of stakeholders;
  • Ability to interpret and apply technology accessibility standards to specific technical and business requirements.


- Program and/or project management experience;

- Business analysis OR development experience in an application/web development environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Policy and legislative experience.

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Oct 18 2013

Web Access Position – Basic

Provided by Sean Keegan, Stanford University 10/19/2013

This job description is for a basic Web Accessibility position for Higher Education.

Position Purpose

To provide central oversight, technical leadership, expert guidance, coordination, and support to the institution’s departments and programs in their use of the web, with a focus on promoting, assessing, and maintaining web and information technology accessibility.


Key Responsibilities


  • Perform regular accessibility audits of institutional websites and web applications.
  • Perform accessibility evaluations for websites and applications under consideration for purchase and deployment.
  • Work with vendors to implement accessibility features for web applications and software.
  • Evaluate accessibility of external platforms that host institutional content, such as YouTube.
  • Troubleshoot, evaluate and recommend assistive software and hardware.
  • Establish guidelines, best practices and standards related to designing and maintaining accessible websites, IT software systems and online materials.
  • Work in collaboration with the IT services and the other departments.


Outreach and Training

  • Develop and implement outreach and training for web designers, developers and content providers.  This person will also be a resource for faculty who are using the web to deliver instructional materials.
  • Train clients on using accessibility monitoring software and assist in identifying strategies and solutions for IT accessibility.
  • Develop webinars/online training materials.
  • Develop and implement training on accessibility standards to a wide variety of audiences.


Design and Production

  • Work with colleagues in the institution’s web services to develop accessible templates and tools for web production.
  • Oversee captioning resources for providing information regarding captioning videos published on institutional websites.
  • Identify, implement and oversee tools for monitoring website accessibility.



  • Maintain the institution’s Web accessibility website.
  • Create accessibility reports and presentations as needed.


Skills & Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with web technologies (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Xml, and Web content management systems).
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with assistive technologies (JAWS, VoiceOver, Dragon NaturallySpeaking).
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards and guidelines.
  • Experience with accessibility audit and quality assurance tools and processes.
  • Familiarity with scripting languages desirable (PHP, JS).
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and independently lead projects to completion.
  • Knowledge of disability law including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).



  • Four years of web design and production experience on a web development team.
  • Three years of web accessibility analysis, design, and development experience.
  • Experience working effectively in highly collaborative, team oriented environments.
  • Experience in a higher education environment preferable.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Information or Graphic Design, Human-Computer Interaction or related field, or bachelor’s degree in another field and three years of experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.

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Jul 08 2013

W3C Developing Training Resource

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Came across this URL and knew I would be referencing it quite a bit for updated web technologies.


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