Day 12: WCAG Reinforcements and ARIA Conformance

Time spent pursuing web accessibility knowledge: 2 hours.

Things I accomplished

  1. Watched a Deque webinar about WCAG compliance and measuring digital accessibility success. (I see another blog post in my future…)
  2. Submitted a support request to a vendor my work subscribes from, written with the intent of what a web accessibility specialist may recommend (identify the problem, point to references, and offer a tangible solution)
  3. Read ARIA’s conformance text.

What I learned today

I got so much out of Glenda Sims’ “Accessibility and Compliance” webinar! So many things to think about when evaluating how we measure the success of digital accessibility (what yard stick to use), the levels of goals to achieve, and evaluating our own intentions. This will be a future blog post, for sure, as well as a brief presentation at my next in-house accessibility meeting.

Part of the ARIA spec I read today was a little less inspiring. However, it did make me do a double-take on what parts of the spec are normative and non-normative. That’s something I grasped quickly in the WCAG spec, but not as quickly in the ARIA spec. I’ll need to look closer at this documentation to be sure I understand it enough to check off that bullet point of the WAS Body of Knowledge. So, in short, I learned that I don’t always know what I think I know. Not a new lesson, right?

Resource new to me

  • Poet Training Tool: learn when and how to write alternative text for images; practice writing alternative text