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The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 … Web, Office, InDesign, PDF

(GC Standard On Web Accessibility, W3C WCAG 2.0, AODA, Section 508) course or keynote

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We’ve put together a comprehensive, powerful and memorable event, where attendees walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make their sites and documents accessible.

 

Register For July 16, 2014 – Ottawa

“David was one of the most inspiring speakers i have ever met. I enjoyed learning from him the entire morning and wish it would have been a full day”

- Cherrie Werestiuk-Evans, Government of Manitoba

Course Description

It used to be that the only way to comply with accessibility standards for persons with disabilities or difficulties was to publish content in HTML. One of the most exciting parts of the new Standard On Web Accessibility and WCAG 2.0 is that it has become feasible for you to choose PDF as the only container for certain content on your Web site … but only if you know how. We’ve worked with industry leaders such as Adobe to put together this comprehensive and powerful course, where attendees walk away with immediately-applicable tips and techniques to make all their pages and sites more accessible.

De-mystify how to make online or offline Web and PDF accessible whether your source is Word, Excel, Powerpoint, InDesign… or existing PDF!

Most adults suffer from some level of disability or difficulty that can be mitigated through accessible technologies. And when we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

Not only will you comply with the standards (AODA, WCAG 2.0, Standard On Web Accessibility, Section 508, PDF/UA…): you’ll be broadening the audience for your content while enriching the experience of existing users.

Meet the new accessibility laws faster, and with no programming knowledge required. Broaden audiences, improve Google reach, while making sites accessible to all. Spend a day with David Berman, rated #1 on this topic in North America, and learn how to comply with new laws and WCAG 2.0 guidelines on access for disabilities.

Whether you are new to accessibility and WCAG, or already familiar with WCAG 1.0, you’ll learn immediately-applicable tips and techniques in this powerful accessibility course.

“Inspiring, engaging … techniques I can use.”

- Liv Stenersen, Government Administration Services, Oslo (Norway)

“Great mix of humor and knowledge”

- Joy Moskovic, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Ottawa

David Berman will convince you of why accessibility is important for everybody, then provide in-depth familiarity with federal and international guidelines that will help your Web and PDF content be a more effective resource for your entire audience. You’ll also gain familiarity with assistive technologies that help people with specific disabilities and difficulties.

Canada’s federal government led the world when it first introduced its accessibility-centric Common Look & Feel (CLF) policy, now replaced with its Standard On Web Accessibility and Standard on Web Usability. Our full-day course includes a thorough review of every pertinent standards that apply to accessible PDF, including other policies which call for WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA compliance (such as U.S. Section 508 and Ontario’s AODA). These new standards allow PDF to be your primary format, but only if your PDF is truly accessible … and that is poorly understood. We’ll cover everything from tables to charts to fillable forms and testing recommendations.

Finally, you’ll venture into where accessibility meets usability. Not only will you leave with ideas you can use right away, you may also gain a whole new attitude towards how technology can improve lives. By the end of the day you will not only be aware of why accessibility and standards affect everyone: you’ll be equipped with a thorough understanding of the best strategies to approach what needs to be done and how.

“Excellent… knowledge I can use.”

- Sandra Clark, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Oslo (Norway)

“Focused and easy to follow.”

-Jason Hollett, gordongroup

“Great. He kept me listening and understanding.”

- Matthew Brunetti, Lixar IT

Each full-day participant leaves with a comprehensive 160+ page learning guide, detailing every relevant accessibility success criterion.

“Inspiring!”

- Morten Budeng, King Design

“Excellent.”

- Sylvie Nyman, Indian and Northern, Affairs Canada

“Great, easy to understand, not overwhelming.”

- Steve Wong, Olson

 

What’s Wrong

Computer-mediated accessibility to information represents the greatest liberation in human history. Most people in our societies have some sort of physical or mental difficulty which can stand in the way of clear communication unless proper design steps are taken.

Although most professional Web developers now create their sites with an awareness of technical design issues such as browser incompatibilities and platform dependencies, they are still experiencing difficulties with emerging accessibility standards. Many Web sites continue to be designed based on assumptions that don’t address the specific needs of people with disabilities and difficulties and thus fail to deliver the promise of the Web to all users.

 

“Very good speaker – good sense of humour.”

- Johan Fong, House of Commons

“Entertaining.”

- Sjur Kristiansen, Telenor Telecommunications Group

“Eye-opening. Love your method of teaching.”

- Jean Descrochers, National Research Council

“I enjoyed it all.”

- Robert Hallat, Public Service Commission

“Right on target.”

- Marius Monsen, Reaktor ID

“He knows what to do!” “This will guide us for the AA Standards”

- Bassil Wehbe, Agriculture Canada

What Makes This Course Unique

Our course leader, David Berman, is a consultant on common look and feel implementation for large Web sites, and has worked on Web accessibility projects for many large organizations including Statistics Canada, the National Research Council, and IBM. He has been the project manager of numerous accessible Web projects, has developed strategy and design for CFIA, CRA, CMHC, Health Canada, Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, and the International Space Station … as well as many private sector and non-profit organizations.

By addressing and understanding accessibility issues, Web developers can more effectively deliver their message to their whole audience, while complying with the legal and moral responsibilities, regardless of physical or mental impediment.

 

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to make your current sites more accessible by complying with current standards and guidelines. Specifically, you will learn:

First Half (morning of a full-day course)

  • why accessibility matters to everyone, not just those with disabilities
  • the major disabilities and challenges: what they are and how most of us have some level of difficulty that can be assisted by accessible design
  • assistive technologies we can typically use to mitigate these issues
  • examples of accessible multimedia
  • how accessibility will help your bottom-line
  • overview of regulations

Second Half (afternoon of a full-day course)

  • W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines
  • current standards (AODA, Section 508, Canada’s Standard on Web Accessibility)
  • specific technologies and design techniques used to satisfy accessibility concerns
  • testing frameworks for accessibility issues
  • how to make PDF files more accessible
  • specific techniques to save money through accessible coding
  • where accessibility meets usability
  • draft standards on developing accessible PDF
  • specific technologies and design techniques used to satisfy core PDF accessibility issues
  • how to make PDF files more accessible
  • understanding of how enterprise-wide document development processes can save money and time while automating PDF generation
  • testing frameworks for PDF accessible

“Very good: made me think…”

- Bente Mollevik, Norwegian Savings Bank Association

“Great: very comprehensive. Touching on all aspects of accessibility.”

- Marc Iafelice, CFIA

“David really knows his topics. Very well done: got the point across in a way that can be apply to everyone.”

- Sean Strasbourg, CFIA

Goals

At the end of this event, you will:

  • know many techniques you can apply right away to make content more accessible
  • have a comprehensive understanding of W3C WCAG 2.0 and current government accessibility guidelines and how to meet them
  • be able to make informed decisions as to what degree to comply with accessibility standards
  • understand better the experience of those with disabilities using the Web, multimedia, and software apps
  • know you’re doing the “right thing” by ensuring accessibility for all

“Excellent.”

- Steinar Sandum, Adax, Svelvik (Norway)

“Interesting content, really well delivered. Visual and engaging. Gives us a common language and approach.”

- Chris Cook, CFIA

“Although I am from a program with no technical background, this seminar will change the way we prepare/write/present documents, policies, directives, forms, etc for posting on the Web.”

- Sharon Drolet, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Typical Agenda for Full Day Course

9:00 to 10:15: PDF idealism, Why We Should Care, Deficits, Assistive Technologies

10:15 to 10:30: break

10:30 to 11:45: Overview of sustainable PDF, Section 508, AODA, and the new Standard on Web Accessibility, WCAG 2.0 Principle 1

11:45 to 12:45: lunch

12:45 to 14:15: WCAG 2.0 Principles 2 and 3 through the PDF lens

14:15 to 14:30: break

14:30 to 16:30: WCAG 2.0 Principles 4, QA tools for PDF, Beyond AA

 

What You Get

When David Berman Communications hosts this course*, regular ticket holders receive:

  • a complimentary, comprehensive 160+ page learning guide, detailing every major accessibility guideline (also available separately for $89 with optional 1-on-1 distance coaching)
  • complimentary meals, snacks and beverages throughout
  • a thirty-minute one-on-one personal coaching tele-session with David within a month
  • the option to attend this course again in the future, as a refresherat no additional cost
  • the option to attend the first half on one date and the second half at a future date
  • money-back guarantee: if, after coaching and refresher, you don’t think you’ve got your money’s worth, we’ll refund your entire registration fee

(*If you are attending one of our courses hosted by another organization, confirm which of these items apply.)
Register or call 1-613-728-6777… or bring this event to your site: for a keynote, half-day, or full-day event, customized for your group.

Choose your date and register now

Prerequisites: None (no programming experience required)

photo of David addressing a theatre audience of over 100 people

Berman leading a workshop on accessibility in Oslo, Norway

“Clear and entertaining: will allow more strategic planning rather than just reactionary stumbling.”

- Steve Doody, Justice Canada

“This will make us better communicators.”

- Luc Bergeron, SSHRC

“Perfect.”

- Jean Leclair, Environment Canada

“Loved the examples. David is very engaging and knowledgeable facilitator. His passion is obvious. Will help me better evangelize.”

- Patrick Dunphy, CBC

“Excellent: very engaging speaker.”

- Jean-Marc Mondoux, Elections Canada

About the Expert Speaker

David Berman is the principal of David Berman Communications. He has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and strategic communications.

David was appointed a high-level advisor to the United Nations on how universal design and accessible IT can help fulfill the Millennium Development Goals more rapidly.

In 2013, The World Wide Web Foundation had David personally audit the accessibility of benchmark Web sites from over 40 countries for their global report on the state of the Web.

He is a member of the ISO standards committee on accessible PDF documents.

His book (Do Good Design, Pearson/Peachpit, 2009) about how design can be used to create a more just world speaks about universal design and accessibility, and is now available in 4 languages, as well as Braille.

He has worked extensively in adapting the printed word for electronic distribution, including software interface development.

He has much experience as a senior consultant in applying accessibility and standards to government Web sites, as well as to private sector clients such as IBM and the Bank of Montreal, both as a strategist and compliance testing/coaching leader. He regularly teaches accessibility principles as part of his professional development workshops, and developed custom workshops for the National Research Council and Ontario’s largest school board. His plain writing, design, and accessibility work include award-winning projects for the City of Ottawa, the Ontario government, and Canada’s federal government. Clients include Justice Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Region of Ottawa-Carleton and the Ontario Literacy Coalition.

David’s opinions have been featured in the Financial Post, the Globe And Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, the Montreal Gazette, Marketing, Applied Arts, HOW, and Communication Arts magazines, as well as ABC and CBS.

David ranks #1 on speakerwiki.org on this topic for a reason. His arc as an internationally-celebrated expert speaker has brought him to over 30 countries. He is a National Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).

David is currently Ethics Chair of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, was named a Fellow (the highest professional honour for graphic designers in Canada) in 1999, and has served as a director and sustainability chair of Icograda, the world body for graphic and communications design.

Guest Presenters

David will often include guest subject matter experts within a full-day course. For instance, in 2011 he has been joined by:

  • Jeff Braybrook (CEO, Blueprint), former Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Government of Canada

Who Should Attend

This course is targeted to all writers, editors, designers, programmers, developers involved in developing Web sites, documents, or new media projects.

  • communications professionals
  • writers
  • editors
  • content owners
  • word processors
  • graphic designers
  • instructional designers
  • software developers, mobile app and game developers
  • quality controllers
  • people who need to get their Web site compliant with current and future governmentaccessibility standards (e.g. W3C WCAG 2.0, Section 508, AODA)
  • people who coordinate people who build Web sites

This course delivers all the knowledge required for Level A and Level AA awareness training as documented in the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Responsibility Breakdown (WCAG 2.0).

Language:

English or French available on-site.

Duration:

One-day course, half-day course, or keynote presentation (we also provide this course customized on-site for your organization).

To be notified via e-mail of when we schedule new instances of this topic, subscribe to our E-Newsletter.

Comparison to Similar Courses from Other Providers

CourseDavid Berman CommunicationsCanadian School of Public Service (CSPS)
Course NameThe new Standard On Web AccessibilityWeb Accessibility Standard for the Government of Canada (T710)
Duration1 day: 0900-1615 with 1-on-1 follow-up3 days: 0830-1630
Price:$354 to $649$900
LocationMultiple locationsOttawa
Track record of course:Since 2002Since 2011
PresenterDavid Berman: ranked #1 on this topic in Canada (speakerwiki.org), national member CAPS?
Open to:allpublic servants only

 

“Wonderful handout! The way extra information, like links and explanations, is included works beautifully.”

- Elizabeth Strand, Making Waves, Oslo (Norway)

“Very understandable and fun.”

- Liz Breines, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Oslo (Norway)

“Highly valuable.”

- Maureen Quirouet, Parliament of Canada

“Excellent.”

- Sylvie Nyman, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

“Excellent storytelling. Thanks!”

- Sarah Rosenbaum, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services

“Makes you feel you are part of the course.”

- Arup Ghosh, BMO Financial Group (Bank of Montreal)

“Excellent, eye-opening, and not preachy!”

- Carrie Walker-Boyd, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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“Really enjoyed your session.”

- Jim Dixon

“I love David's approach.”

- Carole Dubuc, Canadian Armed Forces

 

The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 schedule
ACCESSIBILITY EVENTSLOCATIONHOST/REGISTRATIONFEE*
November 5 or 8, 2014Toronto, ONtbatba
Wed July 16, 2014Ottawa, ONCarleton University$299-597
July 12-15, 2014Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, ONInternational Summit on Accessibility 2014tba
May 26, 2014Bergen, NorwayDen Norske Dataforenings ServicekontorNOK 1000£ - 4450£
May 20, 2014Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, OntarioDavid Berman Communications$299-$597
Fri December 13, 2013Montreal, QCeXplorance Incby invitation
November 2013 (tentative)Toronto, ONtbatba
Fri November 8, 2013City Hall, Toronto, ONDesignThinkers 2013$299-597
Fri November 1, 2013Room 2228, River Building,
Carleton University,
Ottawa, ON
David Berman Communications$299-597
Wed August 28, 2013Carleton UniversityDavid Berman CommunicationsFree
Thu July 25, 2013Carleton UniversityDavid Berman CommunicationsFree
Fri June 21, 2013Room 2228,
River Building,
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
David Berman Communications$299-597
Fri May 31, 2013Carleton UniversityDavid Berman CommunicationsFree
Mon April 22, 2013Cornwall, ON St. Lawrence College $390
Monday Apr 8 - 9, 2013Toronto, ON St. Lawrence College $390
Wed February 27, 2013Hamilton, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Fri February 22, 2013 Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$354-649
Mon January 21, 2013St Lawrence College, Kingston, ONSt. Lawrence College $390
Thu January 10, 2013London, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Thu December 13, 2012Ottawa, ONTransportation Safety Board of Canadaprivate
Thu November 22, 2012River Building,
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
David Berman Communications$354-649
Fri November 16, 2012 (postponed)Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$549-649
Wed November 14, 2012Ottawa, ONMinistère du Patrimoine canadienprivate
Thu November 8, 2012Markham, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Wed November 7, 2012Mississauga, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Fri October 26, 2012Ottawa, ONOCDSB / T-Base Communicationsprivate
Thur October 25, 2012Ottawa, ONOCDSB / T-Base Communicationsprivate
Wed October 17, 2012Ottawa, ONOCDSB / T-Base Communicationsprivate
Tue October 9, 2012 (all day) (postponed)San Francisco, CADavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Wed September 12, 2012 (all day) (postponed)Boston, MADavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Tue-Wed July 17-18, 2012Niagara Falls, ON Web Accessibility Mattersprivate
Mon May 14, 2012 (morning)Delta Hotel, Winnipeg, MBManitoba Libraries Conference$65-$130
Wed May 9, 2012Strathcona Hotel, Toronto, ONT-Base Communications$549-$649
Tue May 8, 2012 (all day)Strathcona Hotel, Toronto, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Thu May 3, 2012 (all day)Toronto, ON Accessible Media Inc. private
Tue April 23, 2012 (all day)Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, NYDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Fri March 23, 2012Adobe Canada, OttawaT-Base Communications$549-649
Fri March 23, 2012 (Accessible PDF by Design - related all day course)
Adobe Canada, OttawaDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$549-649
Wed March 21, 2012 (7:00pm speech)Capital Hill Hotel, Ottawa, ONEditors Association of Canada, National Capital ChapterFree: EAC members, $10: non-members
Thurs March 9, 2012Ottawa, ONPublic Health Agency/T-Base Communicationsprivate event
Fri February 10, 2012 (morning)Ottawa, ONCanada Revenue Agencyprivate
Thu January 19, 2012 (all day)Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$495-595
Mon-Tue January 9-10, 2012Toronto, ONBMO / T-Base Communicationsprivate
Tue November 29, 2011 (all day)Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ONDavid Berman / T-Base CommunicationsSOLD OUT
Thu November 23, 2011Ottawa, ONNational Research Councilprivate
Wed November 3, 2011Ottawa, ONNational Research Councilprivate
Wed October 5, 2011Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman / T-Base Communications$319-595
Fri September 27, 2011WebinarEnvironments for Humans$179
Fri September 9, 2011Indigo Hotel, Ottawa, ONCorrectional Service Canadaprivate
Thu August 18, 2011Adobe headquarters, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications /RGD Ontario$249-495
Fri June 17 2011Adobe headquarters, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications /RGD Ontario$249-495
Thu April 7, 2011Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa, ONRGD Ontario$395-495
Tue March 29, 2011Ottawa, ONCFIA HRby invitation
Thu February 17, 2011Ottawa, ONCFIA Public Affairsby invitation
Wed April 14, 2010Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$495
March 2010Montreal, PQeXplorance Inc.by invitation
Wed October 28, 2009Beijing, ChinaIcograda World Congress 2009see host site
Thu April 30, 2009San Francisco, CAVoices That Matter Web Design Conferencespeaker breakfast
Thu April 2, 2009Delhi, IndiaWorld Summit Award Grand Juryby invitation
Thu November 13, 2008Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$495
Mon July 6, 2008Daegu Exhibition Conference Centre, Daegu, KoreaIcograda Design Week in Daegu 2008see host site
Tue April 29, 2008Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$495
Thu March 13, 2008Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, ONStatistics Canadaprivate event
Tue February 19, 2008Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, ONHealth Canadaprivate event
Wed November 7, 2007Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$495
Thu November 9, 2006Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$495
Thu February 16, 2006Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman CommunicationsSOLD OUT
Tue December 6, 2005Oslo, NorwayNorwegian Design CouncilSOLD OUT
Thu October 20, 2005Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman CommunicationsSOLD OUT
Thu June 9, 2005Minto Business Centre, Ottawa, ONDavid Berman Communications$495
Tue December 22, 2004Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, ONHealth Canadaprivate event

*Discount packages for non-profits, and travel subsidies available. Additional discounts available for groups over 3 people. Call (613) 728-6777 for details.

All prices, offerings, and dates subject to change without notice.

To register for a course given by our own organization,register online or call (613) 728-6777.

Event Schedule (all events)

Resources

Accessible alternative version of speaker support for David's workshop keynote (November 2013) [Word document, 30 kb]

Links and books cited in this course's manual (in their rough order of appearance):

Comparison of accessibility features in various versions of Microsoft Windows: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/chartwindows.aspx

Search for assistive technology products: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.microsoft.com/enable/at/

JAWS for Windows:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_jaws.asp(warning: the demo is a 52 megabyte download)

Best source in Canada for JAWS software (as well as many other assistive technologies):opens in a new browser windowfrontiercomputing.on.ca 

Zimmerman Low Vision Simulation Kit by Dr. George J. Zimmermanopens in a new browser windowwww.lowvisionsimulationkit.com 

Read Regular font, by Natascha Frensch:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.readregular.com/english/intro.html

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access):opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.nvda-project.org

Advanced on-screen keyboard example: ScreenDoors 2000opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.madentec.com/products/screendoors.php

Mouse grid software example: Hippocampus Mouse Grid plug-in for Dragon Naturally Speakingopens in a new browser windowhttp://sean.wenzel.net/voicerecognition/mousegrid

Section 508 of USA's federal Rehabilitation Act Amendments (1998):opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.justice.gov/crt/508/508law.php

Section 508 full standards:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=1

Australian government web accessibility standards and guidelines: opens in a new browser windowhttp://webguide.gov.au/accessibility-usability/accessibility/

Other International Government Policies Relating to Web Accessibility (CH, DE, DK, ES, EU, FI, FR, HK, IL, IN, IT, JA, NZ, PT, UK): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/Policy/

UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/dissre04.htm

Government of Canada's new Standard on Web Accessibility:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/14msg-eng.asp

Associating a graph and its description with the longdesc attribute:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.utexas.edu/disability/ai/resource/how_to/graphic/img_w_longdesc/img_w_longdesc.html

WET Media Player:opens in a new browser windowhttp://alpha.gcwwwtemplates.tbs-sct.ircan.gc.ca/theme-clf2-nsi2/mediaplayer-joueurmedia-eng.html

Sample Transcripts/Captions (Timed Text):opens in a new browser windowhttp://alpha.gcwwwtemplates.tbs-sct.ircan.gc.ca/theme-clf2-nsi2/mediaplayer-transcript_captions-eng.html

National Center for Accessible Media rich media samples: opens in a new browser windowhttp://ncam.wgbh.org/richmedia/index.php

Color Oracle (colour blindness simulator):opens in a new browser windowhttp://colororacle.cartography.ch

ColorChecker WCAG Contrast checker Firefox Add-on:opens in a new browser windowhttps://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wcag-contrast-checker

Contrast Analyser from The Paciello Group that has eyedropper for graphics … and in both official languages!:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/contrast-analyser.html

Check My Colours:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.checkmycolours.com

Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser (Juicy Studio):opens in a new browser windowhttp://juicystudio.com/services/luminositycontrastratio.php

Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT) Testing Tool:opens in a new browser windowhttp://trace.wisc.edu/peat

Core Techniques for Web Accessibility Guidelines 1.0:opens in a new browser windowwww.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-CORETECHS/#writing-style

aDesigner (Flash and Flex accessibility checker): opens in a new browser windowhttp://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility/2009/06/evaluating_flash_and_flex_cont.htm

aDesigner disability simulator (including OpenOffice ODF, Flash, Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA), IBM’s IAccessible2 (IA2) accessibility: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.eclipse.org/actf/downloads/tools/aDesigner/index.php

Flash Techniques for WCAG 2.0:  opens in a new browser window http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/flash.html

PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC):opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.access-for-all.ch/en/pdf-werkstatt/pdf-accessibility-checker-pac.html 

W3C's PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20-TECHS/pdf.html

Assessing PDF files for accessibility:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/popup_assess_pdfs.htm

Creating accessible PDF files:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/popup_create_pdfs.html

Guide to the essentials of creating accessible PDFs with Microsoft Word and Acrobat Professional 8:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/futuremedia/accessibility/bbc_accessible_pdf_master17.pdf

PDF and WCAG 2.0 Webinar:opens in a new browser windowhttps://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a295153/p89681357/

Using accessibility features with Acrobat 8:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/popup_acr8_accessibility.html

Plain Text Techniques for WCAG 2.0: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/text.html

HTML5:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/html5

HTML5 differences from HTML4:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/html5-diff

WAI-ARIA 1.0 technical specification:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria

WAI-ARIA 1.0 primer:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-primer

Web Experience Toolkit (WET):opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/fact-info-eng.asp

YUI Graded Browser Support:opens in a new browser windowhttp://yuilibrary.com/yui/environments/

Standard on Web Accessibility Assessment Methodology:opens in a new browser windowhttp://alpha.gcwwwtemplates.tbs-sct.ircan.gc.ca/theme-clf2-nsi2/assessMthdEval-WebAccess-eng.html

W3C's Understanding WCAG 2.0:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/

W3C HTML Test Suite for WCAG 2.0:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/

Adobe Browserlab:opens in a new browser windowhttp://browserlab.adobe.com

Fangs (Firefox extension) screen reader emulation:opens in a new browser windowhttps://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fangs-screen-reader-emulator/

Colour deficiency simulator (iPad/iPhone):opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.brailleinstitute.org/MobileApps.aspx

WAVE Toolbar for Firefox:opens in a new browser windowhttp://wave.webaim.org/toolbar

WAVE for Dreamweaver:opens in a new browser windowhttp://wave/webaim.org/blog/wave-dreamweaver-extension

Web Accessibility Toolbar for IE:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/wat-ie-about.html

Web Developer Toolbar (Chrome and Firefox extensions):opens in a new browser windowhttp://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer

Browsealoud:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.davidberman.com/design/browsealoud.php

Some sites that respect text size well:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/index-eng.asp

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.norskdesign.no

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.davidberman.com

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbase.com

United States “Section 508” of the federal Rehabilitation Act Amendments (1998):

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www-306.ibm.com/able/laws/uslaws.html#508

eNorway 2009: Norwegian Ministry of Modernization strategy for e-government:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://odin.dep.no/mod/norsk/aktuelt/pressesenter/pressem/050001-070060/dok-bn.html

Roundup of how Canada ranks in international studies: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.gol-ged.gc.ca/rpt2006/rpt/rpt10_e.asp

W3C (World Wide Web Consortium): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20.php

WCAG2.0 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3c.org/TR/WCAG20/

Comparison of WCAG 1.0 Checkpoints to WCAG 2.0 in Numerical Order: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/from10/comparison

WCAG2 1.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#text-equiv

WCAG2 1.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#media-equiv

WCAG2 1.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#content-structure-separation

WCAG2 1.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#visual-audio-contrast

WCAG2 2.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#keyboard-operation

WCAG2 2.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#time-limits

WCAG2 2.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#seizure

WCAG2 2.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#navigation-mechanisms

WCAG2 3.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#meaning

WCAG2 3.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#consistent-behavior

WCAG2 3.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#minimize-error

WCAG2 4.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#ensure-compat

Treasury Board of Canada's Testing Techniques Repository For WCAG 2.0: opens in a new browser windowhttp://alpha.gcwwwtemplates.tbs-sct.ircan.gc.ca/theme-clf2-nsi2/testing-techniques-essai-eng.php

Treasury Board of Canada's Web Experience Toolkit (WET): opens in a new browser windowhttp://tbs-sct.ircan.gc.ca/projects/gcwwwtemplates

Government of Canada's Accessibility Responsibility Breakdown (WCAG 2.0): opens in a new browser windowhttp://alpha.gcwwwtemplates.tbs-sct.ircan.gc.ca/theme-clf2-nsi2/accessRespBreakdown-eng.html

WebAIM's WCAG 2.0 Checklist: opens in a new browser windowhttp://webaim.org/standards/wcag/checklist

Techniques and Failures for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20-TECHS/Overview.html

W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10

Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (1.0): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS

W3C WCAG1 1.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-text-equivalent

W3C WCAG1 1.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-redundant-server-links

W3C WCAG1 1.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-auditory-descriptions

W3C WCAG1 1.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-synchronize-equivalents

W3C WCAG1 2.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-color-convey

W3C WCAG1 2.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-color-contrast

W3C WCAG1 3.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-use-markup

W3C WCAG1 3.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-identify-grammar

W3C WCAG1 3.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-style-sheets

W3C WCAG1 3.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-relative-units

W3C WCAG1 3.5: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-logical-headings

W3C WCAG1 3.6: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-list-structure

W3C WCAG1 3.7: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-quotes

W3C WCAG1 4.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-identify-changes

W3C WCAG1 4.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-expand-abbr

W3C WCAG1 5.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-table-headers

W3C WCAG1 5.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-table-structure

W3C WCAG1 5.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-avoid-table-for-layout

W3C WCAG1 5.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-table-layout

W3C WCAG1 6.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-order-style-sheets

W3C WCAG1 6.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-order-dynamic-source

W3C WCAG1 6.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-scripts

W3C WCAG1 6.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-keyboard-operable-scripts

W3C WCAG1 6.5: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-fallback-page

W3C WCAG1 7.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-avoid-flicker

W3C WCAG1 7.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-avoid-blinking

W3C WCAG1 7.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-avoid-movement

W3C WCAG1 7.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-no-periodic-refresh

W3C WCAG1 7.5: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-no-auto-forward

W3C WCAG1 8.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-directly-accessible

W3C WCAG1 9.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-client-side-maps

W3C WCAG1 9.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-keyboard-operable

W3C WCAG1 9.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-device-independent-events

W3C WCAG1 10.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-avoid-pop-ups

W3C WCAG1 10.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-unassociated-labels

W3C WCAG1 11.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-latest-w3c-specs

W3C WCAG1 11.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-avoid-deprecated

W3C WCAG1 11.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-alt-pages

W3C WCAG1 12.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-frame-titles

W3C WCAG1 12.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-frame-longdesc

W3C WCAG1 12.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-group-information

W3C WCAG1 12.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-associate-labels

W3C WCAG1 13.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-meaningful-links

W3C WCAG1 13.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-use-metadata

W3C WCAG1 13.3: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-site-description

W3C WCAG1 13.4: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-clear-nav-mechanism

W3C WCAG1 14.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-simple-and-straightforward

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005 AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards (Ontario Regulation 191/11, April 2011): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2011/elaws_src_regs_r11191_e.htm

National Center for Accessible Media rich media samples: opens in a new browser windowhttp://ncam.wgbh.org/richmedia/index.php

Magpie (for creating captions and audio descriptions for rich media): opens in a new browser windowhttp://ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/magpie

Color deficiency simulator: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.vischeck.com

Colour deficit palette tester: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.iamcal.com/toys/colors

“Effective Color Contrast”: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.lighthouse.org/accessibility/effective-color-contrast

Colour Contrast Check: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html

Colour Blind People and Link Colours: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www4.gvsu.edu/~leahym/ColorBlindness.html

“How To Design Web Accessible Page For The Colorblind”: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.allwebdesignresources.com/webdesignblogs/graphics/how-to-design-web-accessible-pages-for-the-colorblind

SMIL to create multimedia presentations:

What is SMIL: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/AudioVideo/#SMIL

Accessibility Features of SMIL: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/1999/NOTE-SMIL-access-19990921/

SMIL example: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.geocities.com/ramirez_j2001/freedom/xhtml-smil_example.html

XHTML 1.0: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1

Migrating to XHTML 1.0 Strict:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/mxhtmls-eng.asp

Alternatives for deprecated elements and attributes:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/adea-sread-eng.asp

AChecker opens in a new browser windowhttp://achecker.ca/checker/index.php

CSS Validator: opens in a new browser windowhttp://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

Browser support for CSS Properties:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/cssbs-csspcn-eng.asp

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines:

opens in a new browser windowwww.w3.org/TR/WAI-USERAGENT/

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines:

opens in a new browser windowwww.w3.org/TR/WAI-AUTOOLS/

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: opens in a new browser windowhttp://dublincore.org

Metadata harvesting: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.asis.org/IA03/fast.ppt

Treasury Board of Canada Recommended Policy for Common Look and Feel for Intranets (CLFIE):

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/int-ext/intranet/intranet_e.doc

Government of Canada Metadata Implementation Guidelines for Web Resource Discovery: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/im-gi/mwg-gtm/ts-sf/docs/2006/metaweb/metaweb00_e.asp

TBITS 39: Treasury Board Information Management Standard, Part 1: Government On-Line Metadata Standard: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/its-nit/standards/tbits39/crit391_e.asp

Writing Effective Web Documents: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/wewd-rdwe-eng.asp

CLAD Readability Mark certification: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.eastendliteracy.on.ca/ClearLanguageAndDesign/services/service4.htm

More Reading on clear English:

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves” (by Lynne Truss ISBN: 1-592-40087-6)

“Writing Readable Regulations” (by Thomas A. Murawski, Carolina Academic Press ISBN: 0-89089-849-9)

“Beyond Readability” (by Dr. Janice C. Redish, American Institutes for Research, no ISBN)

Great Books about Usability Testing:

“Don’t Make Me Think” (by Steve Krug, Que Publishing, 2000 ISBN: 0-7897-2310-7)

“Handbook of Usability Testing” (by Jeffrey Rubin, John Wiley & Sons, 1994 ISBN: 0-471-59403-2)

Great Books about Information Architecture:

“Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-scale Web Sites (2nd Edition)” (by Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville, 2002, O’Reilly ISBN: 0-596-00035-9)

“The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint” (by Edward R. Tufte, 2003, no ISBN)

Great Books about Typography:

“Stop Stealing Sheep” (by Erik Spiekermann ISBN: 0-201-70339-4)

Clear reading on clear writing:

Writing Readable Regulations by Thomas A. Murawski,

Carolina Academic Press, ISBN: 0-89089-849-9

Beyond Readability by Dr. Janice C. Redish,

American Institutes for Research (no ISBN number) Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, ISBN: 1-592-40087-6

More Reading:

“The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information” (by George A. Miller, 1956, no ISBN): opens in a new browser windowhttp://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Miller


Government of Canada CLF 2.0:

Part 1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/clfs-nnsi/clfs-nnsi-1-eng.asp

All four CLF 2.0 parts in one document: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/clfs-nnsi/clfsp-nnsii-eng.asp

Crosswalk table from CLF 1.1 to CLF 2.0: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/cw-tc/cwtoc-tctdm-eng.asp

CLF 2.0 Toolbox: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/tbtoc-botdm-eng.asp

ISO 639-2 codes: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php

CLF Standard 3.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/inter/inter-03-01_e.asp

Part 2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/clfs-nnsi/clfs-nnsi-2-eng.asp

CLF 2.0 Text Equivalents Repository:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/ter-det-eng.asp

Sample Help page: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/hpe-epa-eng.asp

Canada CLF 1.1 Standard 6.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/inter/inter-06-01_e.asp

Canada CLF 1.1 Standard 6.2: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/inter/inter-06-02_e.asp

CLF 2.0 CSS FAQ: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/css-faq-eng.asp 

CLF 2.0 Compliance Checklist for Web sites: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/ccl-ldv/ccl-ldv-eng.asp

Government of Canada Common Look and Feel 2.0 Template Technical Guide: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/gcttg-gtmgc-eng.asp

UXBlog's Five Best & Worst CLF 2.0 Designs:opens in a new browser windowhttp://ampli2de.com/uxblog/index.php?itemid=68


Free online PDF conversion tools: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html

PDF and accessibility: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/main.html

Creating Accessible Adobe PDF Files: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/pdfs/acro6_pg_ue.pdf

Institutional signature: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/fip-pcim/index_e.asp#ident

Directive on the Use of Official Languages on Web Sites: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/OffLang/duolw-dulow_e.asp

Directive on the Use of Official Languages in Electronic Communications: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/OffLang/duolec-dlloce_e.asp

“Canada” wordmark: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/fip-pcim/index_e.asp#symbols

Government Communications Policy: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbssct.gc.ca/Pubs_pol/sipubs/comm/siglist_e.asp

Sample Accessibility Notice: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/an-aa-eng.asp

Sample Accessibility Notice on the “Help” Page: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/hpan-paaa-eng.asp

AODA Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Ontario Regulation 429/07) Compliance Manual:opens in a new browser windowhttp://blog.amdsb.ca/pdf/AODA/ComplianceManual.pdf

“Making Text Legible”: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.lighthouse.org/accessibility/legible/

Auto-acknowledgement template: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/4/auto1_e.asp

Copyright/Permission template: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/5/5ex_e.asp

Privacy template: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/5/5ex2_e.asp

Privacy Notice for the Collection of Personal Information template: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clfnsi/5/5ex1_e.asp

CLF 1.1 Sample Common Menu Bar: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/6/6common_e.asp

‘Skip navigation link’: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/6/skip_e.asp

Institutional Menu Bar: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/6/6institution_e.asp

W3C HTML validation service: opens in a new browser windowhttp://validator.w3.org/

GC.CA Subdomain Registry: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.registry.gc.ca/

Bilingual Welcome Page template: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/6/exmpl1_e.asp

FIP Symbols of Government: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/fippcim/index_e.asp#symbols

FIP Signatures for GoC Web Sites: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/gcalttext_e.asp

Unilingual Welcome Page: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/fip-pcim/nav3_e.asp

Where to get WATS: opens in a new browser windowwww.gotraining.ca orwww.davidberman.com

Where to buy usability testing: www.davidberman.com

TBS Common Look and Feel Self-Assessment Guide (1.1): opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/guide/guide_e.pdf

W3C CSS Validation service: opens in a new browser windowhttp://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

W3C Markup Validation: opens in a new browser windowhttp://validator.w3.org/

W3C Link checker: opens in a new browser windowhttp://validator.w3.org/checklink/

Total Validator: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.totalvalidator.com

W3C RSS feed checker: opens in a new browser windowhttp://validator.w3.org/feed

CSS Analyser (Juicy Studio):opens in a new browser windowhttp://juicystudio.com/services/csstest.php

HTMLTidy: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/tidy

TBS Pages Templates for CLF 1.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/6/1-tools-outils_e.asp

TBS Model cascading style sheets 1.1: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/1/model/model-css-general-guidetb_e.asp

Browser compatibility testing: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.anybrowser.com/siteviewer.html

Browser emulator for really early browsers: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.dejavu.org

Screen size testing: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.anybrowser.com/ScreenSizeTest.html

Checking for broken links: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.anybrowser.com/linkchecker.html

Link maintenance: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.changedetection.com/monitor.html

Checking for bad links, HTML syntax, broken tags: ChangeAgent, opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.xlanguage.com

Color deficiency simulator: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.vischeck.com

Making Tables Accessible:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/mta-rta-eng.asp

Making Forms Accessible:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/mfa-rcfa-eng.asp

Replacing Radio Buttons With Selects:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/radio-eng.asp

Government of Canada Treasury Board CIO Common Look and Feel for the Internet: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/index_e.asp

Government of Canada CLF 2.0 Guidelines: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/index-eng.asp

Government of Canada CLF Guidelines 1.1 for intranets and extranets: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf-nsi/int-ext/intranet/intranettb_e.asp

Government of Canada Internet Guide – Universal Accessibility:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.canada.gc.ca/programs/guide/3_1_4e.html

CPB/WGBH – NCAM: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/ncam/webaccess/index.html

HTML Writers Guild – AWARE Center: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.awarecenter.org/

WebABLE: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.webable.com/

IBM Human Ability and Accessibility site: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www-306.ibm.com/able

Accessibility Testing:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www-306.ibm.com/able/guidelines/web/accessweb.html

Designing Web Content For Persons With Disabilities: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/dwcpwd-ccwph-eng.asp

Accessible Initiative Link Solution: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/tb-bo/td-dt/ails-slia-eng.asp

Article example on accessible accordion view:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.filamentgroup.com/lab/expand_and_collapse_content_accessibly_with_progressive_enhancement_jquery/

Sample Accessibility Features Statement: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/clf2-nsi2/ahlpaacc-eng.asp#afsecoa

Welcoming People With Disabilities To Your Workplace:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/tb_852/cwwed_e.asp

Employment Equity and Diversity for Managers:

opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.psagency-agencefp.gc.ca/ee/index_e.asp

30 Days To A More Accessible Web Site: opens in a new browser windowhttp://diveintoaccessibility.org/

Web Accessibility Checklist: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www-306.ibm.com/able/guidelines/web/accessweb.html

Accessibility evaluation tools:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.deyalexander.com.au/resources/uxd/accessibility-evaluation-tools.html

Evaluation, Repair, and Transformation Tools for Web Content Accessibility:opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/ut3/ER/existingtools.html

Additional browsing: opens in a new browser windowhttp://www.websitesthatsuck.com

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David speaks on the importance of accessible design, Virginia Foundation for The Humanities, Charlottesville VA, November 2010

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9 Responses to “The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 … Web, Office, InDesign, PDF”

  1. Jennifer Beer says:

    I have to say, I find it somewhat amusing that you include a poorly captioned video in a post on making sure web presences are accessible… or should I say “making sure their web presence is art sesame” since that’s what your captions say! Closed captioning is included in WCAG 2.0 level AA, is essential for the Deaf and hard of hearing, as well as second language learners, people watching media in noisy places or places with a lack of privacy, adds clarity where speakers have unfamiliar accents or there is unfamiliar terminology, and has the added benefit of enhancing SEO. If you’re committed to web accessibility, caption your video!

    • David Berman says:

      Jennifer, mea culpa! We had Google’s raw machine translation wrongly enabled on that version. We’ve swapped in our proper captions so it is now as it should be. “art sesame” indeed! What a great example of machine captioning gone wrong: I’ve screen captured it for my WCAG 2.0 course where we show people how to use machine captioning as a starting point to efficient excellent manual captioning. Thank you again for taking the time to point it out.

      Also thank you for sharing your excellent list of why competent captioning matters: total agreement! One more thing to add to your list: captioned video also created a starting point for manual or machine translation to other languages. One of my favorite examples of when captioning benefits everyone is when we’re at the gym and there are five treadmills and five televisions tuned to different channels: so of course they turn the volume off and turn the captions on! When we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

      PS. I went to make a thank you donation to chs.ca and there is a security problem on your Donate Now button: your security certificate is reporting as expired which definitely discourages donors.

  2. sjw says:

    Hi David, I have a new question for you. In IE8 when using a select box that contains more than one option there is a browser problem when zooming in to increase the size of the font for a user that has decreased vision. The select box remains at a relatively stable size, so the more the user zooms in the more the option displayed is cut off, and just shows the tops of the word. Do you know of a solution to this issue?

    • David Berman says:

      Hi. This could be one of several issues. Could you please email me a screen capture, and tell what OS version you are running, to make sure I am understanding correctly? Thank you.

  3. sjw says:

    Abbreviations

    My question relates to the use of acronym tags, however, I realize that this tag is being deprecated in HTML5. Regardless, the use of the tag whether it be acronym or abbr remains the same. As you know the federal government has its own language in acronyms and often page content can contain not just many instances of a particular acronym but also may have many different acronyms present as well. Understanding the correct implementation of this tag will save hours of rework in the future. Please correct any wrong statements and elaborate on the misunderstood statements below.

    * The correct syntax of an acronym tag is Treasury Board Secretariat.

    *All acronyms can be tagged but the title element is always used in the tag when present.

    *All acronyms should be tagged to force the screen readers to read them as separate letters instead of a word but the title element should only be used in the first instance. For example: ISO.

    *Once the first instance of the acronym has been coded with the correct syntax as in the first bullet, it is not necessary to wrap the other instances of the acronym in a tag.

    *If the tag is presented without the title element most browsers present an indicator that there is attached info. However, for the sighted user this is incorrect but this does allow the unsighted user to get the acronym delivered correctly. Which way should have precedence in your opinion?

    *Acronym tags are not mandatory in WCAG 2.0.

    *Incorrect use of the acronym tag is a fail under Success Criteria 1.3.1 – Technique F43.

    • David Berman says:

      Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed our training session, and I thank you for these questions, as I’ve received many inquiries about acronyms lately, and am eager to share some clarity.
      You are correct that ACRONYM is deprecating in favour of ABBR, as an acronym is simply an instance of an abbreviation. Assistive technologies generally treat both the same way (a notable exception being around IE6 which alone supported ACRONYM yet not ABBR).
      Therefore, in my responses to each of your statements I’ll dwell on ABBR though my comments also apply to ACRONYM…

      sjw: * The correct syntax of an acronym tag is Treasury Board Secretariat.
      David: For HTML, the correct typical syntax would be <acronym title="Treasury Board Secretariat">TBS</acronym> for the acronym element, though I recommend you replace acronym with abbr. For PDF, you would use an /E structure instead.

      sjw: *All acronyms can be tagged but the title element is always used in the tag when present.
      David: Almost true. Using the ABBR element to make an abbreviation clearer is one way of doing so, in which case the TITLE attribute should be present. However, there are some situations where an ABBR (or ACRONYM) isn’t technically possible (for instance, within an alt attribute when providing a text description of an image) in which case it is best to simply spell out the term. Also, when an acronym is first used, it is a common technique to spell out the term in parentheses immediately following the acronym) for all to “see”: in such cases also using an ABBR or ACRONYM would by dysfunctionally redundant (as, for instance, someone using a screen reader would then wrongly hear the expanded form twice).

      sjw: *All acronyms should be tagged to force the screen readers to read them as separate letters instead of a word but the title element should only be used in the first instance. For example: ISO.
      David: Untagged, the screen reader is going to read an all caps word as separate letters. And I think that all instances should be coded identically (see my next response…)

      sjw: *Once the first instance of the acronym has been coded with the correct syntax as in the first bullet, it is not necessary to wrap the other instances of the acronym in a tag.
      David: Although there is a debate around whether to TITLE every instance or just the first instance, I’m in the every-instance camp, for many reasons:
      - there are cases where the same abbreviation will appear with two different meanings on the same page, for example “Dr. Bombay, 123 Riverside Dr., Ottawa”.
      - not every assistive technology is going to elegantly apply the one instruction to all instances of an identical abbreviation, and we are always seeking device independence
      - down the road a developer or algorithm may cut and paste a portion of your page into another page, and thus lose the rule
      - it is more difficult to do quality assurance if not all instances are handled the same way

      sjw: *If the tag is presented without the title element most browsers present an indicator that there is attached info. However, for the sighted user this is incorrect but this does allow the unsighted user to get the acronym delivered correctly. Which way should have precedence in your opinion?
      David: I recommend that you always include the title attribute. Also, don’t forget the value of potentially also including a LANG attribute whenever the expanded version is not in the language of the page.

      sjw: *Acronym tags are not mandatory in WCAG 2.0.
      David: Nothing is mandatory in WCAG 2.0 . Rather, for the example of Treasury Board of Canada, their site is governed by the Canadian government’s new Standard On Web Accessibility, which makes compliance mandatory for all WCAG 2.0 success criteria of Level A and Level AA (with some exceptions). Because the WCAG 2.0 success criterion for expanding on abbreviations (3.1.4) is designated Level AAA, including ABBR (or ACRONYM) is not mandatory under the Standard On Web Accessibility.

      sjw: *Incorrect use of the acronym tag is a fail under Success Criteria 1.3.1 – Technique F43.
      David: Yes, that would be a Level A failure. I think what we’re getting at here is someone wrongly using ABBR or ACRONYM to force the visual dotted underline effect in many browsers. Of course, more generally, there are other success criteria which would also be failed with wonton miscoding of ABBR (or any element for that matter).

      All around, ABBR elements are a blessing, and one can even control them further through CSS. And, although designated Level AAA, the folks in marketing for sites seeking A or AA compliance will also appreciate the potential control that the use of ABBR can give to how any abbreviated brand “sounds” online.

      Final tip: don’t forget that you can also use ABBR in the opposite way in table header rows, providing a more terse alternative heading that will have the benefit of reducing the read-out-loud time of phrases that will be read repeatedly by a screen reader.

      • sjw says:

        Thanks for your response David. It will help us to determining how we will implement this tag in the future. In regards to your statement “Untagged, the screen reader is going to read an all caps word as separate letters.”, I have listened to our pages with both Jaws and NVDA and did not find this to be true. Is there a setting in these readers that would be set to ensure that all caps words will be read as separate letters?

        • David Berman says:

          You’re right: my statement is too broad. Both NVDA and JAWS have logic where if the abbreviation has sufficient vowels to be pronounceable AND the phrase is not in their exception dictionary, then they may try to sound it out (i.e. an acronym), rather than spell out each letter (i.e. an initialism). These algorithms are more likely to spell out when the word is all caps, but you still won’t necessarily get the result you desire: further discouraged by the fact that NVDA currently effectively ignores and , while JAWS ships with the user preference to expand them turned off.
          However, if you really want to make sure that a given abbreviation will be spelled out when the assistive technology and user preferences are ready to accommodate, here’s the deeper best practice…
          In your CSS, specify these styles:

          abbr, 
          abbr.acronym {speak:normal;}
          abbr.initialism {speak:spell-out;}

          … now that you have established a class that distinguishes initialisms, then for each abbreviation you would prefer spelled out, you would code like this example:

          <abbr class=initialism>ISO</abbr>

          (note that you don’t need a TITLE in this situation, as this assumes you don’t want to present “International Standards Organization” in any case).

          You could go even deeper, with a class for truncations, for instance.


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