What’s Happenning at The Paciello Group?

Posted on Thursday, 10 July 2014 by Mike Paciello

In addition to client work we do at The Paciello Group we like to keep our clients and colleagues abreast of our contributions to the international accessibility and web standards work. I’m personally very proud of our team and their individual contributions as we continue to drive accessibility and raise the bar in quality of user experience for people with disabilities!

Summary of some of our recent activity:

Tips for Creating Accessible SVG by Léonie Watson

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) exists in a quantum state of accessibility. Which is to say that SVG is both accessible and inaccessible at the same time…

Measuring the harm of flawed academic papers by Karl Groves

For several years I’ve been interested in finding and reading academic work in the field of web accessibility. I have a very strong belief that the things we say regarding web accessibility must be based on a significant amount of rigor…

Thoughts on professional accreditation in digital accessibility by David Sloan

I’ve been working (more or less) full time in digital accessibility for quite some time now, so naturally I’ve watched with great interest the unfolding developments in recent years… towards establishing the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

Building an Accessible Disclosure Button – using Web Components by Cédric Trévisan

Web components are the next step in building modern web applications and a great way to prototype accessible widgets. Today we are going to build a disclosure widget, by extending the native HTML button element…

HTML5 accessibility implementation support in browsers by Steve Faulkner

Over the last week I also undertook a more formal, targeted testing of the normative implementation requirements in the WAI-ARIA section of the HTML5.0 specification which is currently on its way to becoming a W3C Recommendation.

Accessibility Research Methods with Jonathan Lazar by Sarah Horton

Accessibility research can help us better understand how people with disabilities use the web and what we in product design and development can do to make that experience more successful and enjoyable…

<html5-h> heading custom element by Matthew Atkinson, Cedric Trevisan and Steve Faulkner

Custom heading element intended to replace <h1> to <h6> with a single heading element (yup just like XHTML promised land) and the promise of the HTML5 outline…

Using ARIA in HTML by Steve Faulkner

ARIA (WAI-ARIA if you want to be formal) is a set of attributes that you can add to HTML elements. These attributes communicate role, state and property semantics to assistive technologies via the accessibility APIs implemented in browsers…

#ID24 A GAAD Hit! Thanks to All Speakers by Mike Paciello

in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), TPG with support from YOU and our co-sponsors, Adobe Systems Inc., pulled off one of the greatest online accessibility events ever – Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24). Twenty-four hours of non-stop, international accessibility webinars FREE to the entire world. WOW!! Many thanks to all our friends who made #ID24 a huge success. The final, fully captioned versions of those sessions are nearly complete and will be posted for all to enjoy!

Update (July 24): Here’s a link to the #ID24 captioned versions of each session.

JavaScript touch/pointer events research notes: screenreaders, faked mouse events, touchscreens by Patrick Lauke

Over the last two years I’ve been dabbling with various aspects related to the handling of touch events and pointer events – specifically trying to determine which events are being dispatched by browsers as a result of touchscreen interactions, and what the repercussions of this are considering the increasing number of multi-input devices

 


About Mike Paciello

Mike is the Founding Partner of The Paciello Group. He has been in the accessibility business since the mid-80's, both as a usability and accessibility engineer. In 2006, along with his friend and colleague Jim Tobias, he was appointed co-chair to the United States Federal Access Board's Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC). In years past he has been involved in several well known accessibility ventures including ICADD, WAI, and WebABLE (his first official web site and start-up). Most recently, together with TVworldwide.com, he launched a new internet channel, WebABLE.tv, dedicated to building greater awareness about technology and people with disabilities.

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