Compliance

By Si McAleer on July 26, 2021

Celebrating 31

Positivity changes hearts and minds and culture. We still have a long way to go. But as we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act, I wanted to step back and celebrate how far we’ve come.

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By Mary Jo Mueller on March 22, 2021

Give me a VPAT with that BLT

Hands up if you know what a VPAT is. Although the concept of accessibility is pretty familiar these days, some of its acronyms are not. Even if you can tell me that VPAT® stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, chances are you could use some help writing or interpreting one. At least, that’s the conclusion reached by US federal […]

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By Marc Johlic on January 29, 2021

Simplifying accessibility requirements

Happy 2021! To kick off the new year at IBM Accessibility, we had a soft launch of our new IBM Requirements page.

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By Shari Trewin on July 23, 2020

Proactive inclusion is everyone’s responsibility

It’s now 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in the United States.  This important legislation sets out the rights of United States citizens with disabilities to access workplaces and communities. The ADA covers higher education, including access to conferences where academic research is presented. Accessibility for a large […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on July 31, 2019

Accessibility Conformance Test Rules Format 1.0 reaches Proposed Recommendation status

It’s a common question with accessibility verification and reporting. How did someone arrive at their test results? Are their results accurate, or are the issues being reported really not required by the accessibility standards? As a developer, it can be really frustrating when you’ve done the accessibility work and validated using robust automated tools and sound […]

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By Michael Gower on February 8, 2018

Simplifying the New WCAG 2.1 Guidelines

Recommendations for new accessibility guidelines were released on January 30, 2018 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this new draft version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), none of the current 2.0 Success Criteria have been altered. Instead, 17 additional criteria have been recommended for 2.1. This article is intended to help […]

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By Michael Gower and Mary Jo Mueller on January 25, 2018

Revised Section 508 Standards Now in Effect

In the United States, the Revised Section 508 Standards went into effect on January 18, 2018, a year after the U.S. Access Board published the final rule of the updated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines. The Revised 508 Standards, and the accompanying updates to Section 255 of the Communications Act, have transformed […]

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By Michael Gower on September 22, 2017

Impact of New Accessibility Standards on Authoring Tools

There are new provisions in the 2017 revised U.S. Section 508 standards, as well as European requirements, that are creating additional focus on the accessibility of authoring tools. We wanted to provide guidance for anyone seeking to understand how the new standards define authoring tools, and requirements for helping ensure accessibility. What is an Authoring Tool? […]

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By Tom Babinszki on November 30, 2016

Accessibility, Like a Rare Coin, Can Be Priceless

I have two passions in life – collecting coins and accessibility. Being blind since birth, I have an appreciation for the value of both. As a child growing up in Hungary, I always had a fascination for different cultures and languages. After my mother gave me a treasure box filled with coins, I had a […]

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