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Category: Section 508 Testing

23 October, 2018 Benita Nazareth

Meeting Colour contrast with a difference

Color enhances the look and feel of a web page. But color can vitiate the user experience for some. Yeah, I too was unaware of it until I met Amelia. It was a long train journey from Ontario to Alberta where I met Amelia. She was accessing a website on her laptop using high contrast…

26 September, 2018 Ramya Venkitesh

September 23rd 2018 – Are you ready for the EN 301 549 Standard?

We welcomed 2017 with a new charter, in the evolution of WCAG i.e. WCAG 2.1 and a refreshed Section 508 which took a formal effect from January 2018. It’s an exciting time again for the world of accessibility! The Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility of the websites and mobile…

21 July, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Integrating Accessibility Consulting – Think Accessibility First

Whether you have a product or a service, implementing accessibility in your solutions can help you reach a larger audience, mitigate risks and meet compliance. Accessibility is often implemented as a separate process. It is now time to integrate accessibility into the development life cycle. At BarrierBreak, we believe that accessibility needs to come at the…

18 May, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Announcing the BarrierBreak CSS Accessibility Extension

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day! We see it fitting to announce a nifty little project we’ve been working on. It’s a browser extension called the BarrierBreak CSS Accessibility Extension and you can install it in Chrome right now. The extension came about as a result of internal conversations we had regarding finding accessibility issues in…

20 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Accessibility Testing – Offshore & Captive Model

2016 has seen a surge in the demand of accessibility testing services due to the compliance requirements particularly due to various laws and standards in the US, Canada, Australia, and EU. Whether it is the need to comply with Section 508, 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), Air Carrier Access Act, or the…

14 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Accessible modal dialogs: A tricky minefield

We at BarrierBreak get to look at a lot of sites and analyse their accessibility errors and successes. One of the most common pain points we find are inaccessible modal dialogs. Modal dialogs have always been common, but it seems in the last few years, their popularity has increased. From sign-up forms, to dialogs asking…

1 February, 2017 Shilpi Kapoor

Some new and upcoming changes to the land of accessibility guidelines and standards

We welcome 2017 by celebrating a lot of big changes happening in the land of accessibility guidelines and standards. The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and WCAG 2.1 One of the biggest news is that W3C group previously called the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group” is now renamed to simply the “Accessibility Guidelines Working Group”…

25 November, 2016 Ramya Venkitesh

Why testing with people with disabilities is important?

The terms usability and accessibility though closely related are often confused. A technically accessible product does not necessarily imply that it is usable, especially for people with disabilities who use various assistive technology. While accessibility refers to providing access a product, website, or an application to all including people with disabilities, usability is a measure…