Providing accessible technology, resources, and information is a priority for CU-Boulder and benefits everyone, not just those with disabilities. This site aims to provide resources to utilize when creating web-based content in order to make it accessible. These articles will highlight details of accessible technology, new platforms, updates to existing services, and other topics relevant to the creation of accessible technology.

Meet Some of the People in WCAG 2.1

April 26, 2019

The most recent version of Web Content Accessibility Group (WCAG) criteria for accessibility is 2.1 . Version 2.1 mostly adds new criteria to fill in gaps, especially related to mobile devices, low vision users, and people with cognitive and learning disabilities. Below is a list of the new WCAG criteria...

AUL: Why We Do What We Do

March 29, 2019

In the Accessibility and Usability Lab , when we test digital content for accessibility, we want to make sure our work has integrity and quality. As a result, we reflectively examine our process by considering what makes measurement strong in the realm of research. It is easy to make decisions...

A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

June 11, 2018

For understandable reasons, people trying to create accessible digital content who do not know much about the topic often want a checklist of exactly what they need to do. There are checklists out there to help with accessibility—any search engine will help you find many—and they cover frequent and easy-to-fix...

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Feb. 28, 2018

If you’re trying to create an innovative car that will expand for extra passengers or cargo and shrink when you want to park it between a couple of enormous SUVs, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You might decide to modify the frame or axles in some way, but...

Mental Maps (Part 3 of 3)

Nov. 23, 2017

Part 3 How to Help Create a Mental Map Visual features, such as color, font, and placement, can help a sighted user categorize and understand content for their mental map, but designing predominantly for visual effect can ultimately make content harder to grasp. For example, assigning graphics to every link...

Mental Maps (Part 2 of 3)

Nov. 23, 2017

Part 2 Drive File Stream Example Drive is a web based application for storing and organizing files. It includes potential actions such as reorganizing files, viewing content, and sharing materials with others. It uses a standard system of storing folders and files within higher levels of folders. The concept of...

Mental Maps (Part 1 of 3)

Nov. 23, 2017

The topic of mental maps is extensive and thus will appear over the span of three entries. Part 1 Understanding the Basic Concepts A mental map is a way of organizing and understanding information. For example, I could give you a list of 12 items: sky, tree, flower, building, seed,...

Keyboard Navigation

May 26, 2017

The differences between keyboard and mouse navigation are more than just the type of device someone uses; navigation shapes a user’s whole approach. Most screen readers use keyboard navigation where keys are assigned to various kinds of content and actions. Mouse navigation is any sort of pointing device that moves...

The Basics of Accessible Digital Content Structure

March 20, 2017

Organization is crucial to how people find, navigate, and process information. Imagine reading a menu organized according to the time of day when the item started cooking. Or imagine searching for a phone number based on where the person lives. Or imagine if the grocery store were organized by weight...

Dynamic Content

Feb. 26, 2017

Dynamic content is an important source of information and functionality. In this case, dynamic content refers to content on a page that changes without the page reloading. When a page is static, the only way for new content to appear is to pull up a new page. Dynamic content, on...

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