Usability and Design

Access to specific rules

The method of finding specific rules, if you know which one you're looking for, is complicated and counter-intuitive. The search process looks promising, but instead just returns a large mess of results that do not often include the result I'm looking for

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Consider education level of multicultural audiences

Cultural relevancy is of utmost importance, especially in the healthcare and educational realms. However, it is key to keep in mind that there are members of the LEP audience that do not have a working reading level in their own native language, let alone a low degree of Internet literacy. Pertinent website content may require an audio component to further reach an audience that hails from a more oral tradition. Another ...more »

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Usable with Any Browser

Some federal websites have been designed to work with specific browsers. Websites should be viewable and usable with any browser on any operating system. For example, one DOT website is only usable with Internet Explorer. Individuals who typically use Firefox or Chrome or any other browser are forced to download and use IE. Mac users are out of luck.

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Open Community of Practice on Accessibility

There's an enormous amount of skill and experience in the public sector (not just feds) on accessibility. However, these folks are not being encouraged to share what they know in a structured manner. In fact, some information that should be public is being kept private, such as accessibility evaluations of products and services, and even testing protocols. Why not open this thing to the wider public sector? Redundant ...more »

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Develop and Use a 'Caption Spider'

Section 508 requires that all agency videos be captioned. Why not build a tool that scours all federal websites, looking for uncaptioned videos? Then notify whoever put it up there to get it captioned ASAP, as well as pointers to captioning tools.

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Remove artificial barriers to employment

1. Include street addresses on usajobs so those unwilling or unable to go there don't apply for those jobs. It saves applicant and HR's time. 2. Change Intelligence Community applicaitons to no longer require an entry for each training name, start date, end date, provider, hour provided and same requirements for awards instead of cutting and pasting all training or awards. When requesting accomodation I was told ...more »

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Accessibility Focused Dialogue-a-Thon

Greetings all and thanks very much for joining. Thanks especially for your interest in accessibility and universal design. Today‚Äôs topic is Universal Access and has to do with ensuring equal access by citizens with disabilities, those in low bandwidth situations, and those who may use older technologies or assistive devices to access federal web sites and applications. I am joined by Jared Smith and Jim Thatcher ...more »

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Voice Recognition vs. JAWS - Accessibility Needs of Users

The accessability needs of users are different based on the type of disability. My needs as a person with a repetitive stress injury, who uses voice recognition software, are different than the person with blindness who uses JAWS. I use voice-recognition software, but find that many web sites are not accessible for voice-recognition software. Most web sites seem to be accessible for persons with blindness and/or low ...more »

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Build in accessibility during the visual design phase.

Graphic designers should work closely with accessibility /508 experts before implementing a design into a website. Some accessibility issues can be avoided or/and fixed early during the visual design phase. For example, some of the principals that should be considered to make a design accessible are: Color contrast, use of CAPS, font size, heading structure, reading order, form controls. A great related resource: http://webaim.org/resources/designers/#infographic ...more »

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