Links from my CSUN Presentation

To make a little easier for everyone to access the links I referenced, I’ve listed them here.

You can also view a recording of the presentation by WebAbleTV.


CSUN 2013 Presentation: “Writing for Everyone”

On February 27, I presented a session called “Writing for Everyone” at the CSUN Conference.

Accessible content makes it easier for everyone to get the information they need, reducing confusion and translation costs, improving searches, and optimizing content strategy.

If you want to read the annotations (speaker’s notes), view the presentation at SlideShare.

UPDATE: It isn’t possible to read the annotations through SlideShare, so I’ve uploaded and linked it. View WritingForEveryone (PDF, 4.6Mb).

Links from “Creating Accessible Content” Webinar

On Tuesday, July 30th, I gave a webinar (sponsored by Adobe) on Creating Accessible Content. Here are the links I referred to in the webinar:

In addition, you might also want to check out:

In addition, search for the Twitter hashtag: #a11y (and #accessibility). And look at my Twitter favorites and my Delicious bookmarks.

(Disclaimer: I have not received anything from any company for posting these links. I used the links listed here as resources for my webinar.)

Got more links people should check out? Add them in the comments!

Links from the “Creating an Accessible Layout” Webinar

On Tuesday, July 17th, I gave a webinar (sponsored by Adobe) on Creating an Accessible Layout. Here are the links I referred to in the webinar:

In addition, search for the Twitter hashtag: #a11y (and #accessibility). And look at my Twitter favorites and my Delicious bookmarks.

(Disclaimer: I have not received anything from any company for posting these links. I used the links listed here as resources for my webinar.)


Links from the “Making Sense of Accessibility” Webinar

On Tuesday, June 19, I presented a webinar (sponsored by Adobe) called “Making Sense of Accessibility”. I included several quotes and lots of links in this session, and I thought it might be easier if you could reference them all in one place. (I’ve also added some other links that I thought you might be interested in.)

“People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time.”

Disability Funders Network – Disability Stats and Facts

“The rule of thumb in many usability-aware organizations is that the cost-benefit ratio for usability is $1:$10-$100. Once a system is in development, correcting a problem costs 10 times as much as fixing the same problem in design. If the system has been released, it costs 100 times as much relative to fixing in design.”

Gilb, 1988

“Web accessibility is not a legal issue. It’s an equal opportunity issue.”

Rakesh Babu, quoted in To The Blind, The Internet Isn’t Always So User-Friendly

“For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient. For people with disabilities, it makes things possible.”

Judith Heumann, U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (quoted in Why Web Accessibility Matters)

In addition, search for the Twitter hashtag: #a11y (and #accessibility). And look at my Twitter favorites and my Delicious bookmarks.

(Disclaimer: I have not received anything from any company for posting these links. I used the links listed here as resources for my webinar.)

June 6 is #captionTHIS Day!

Captioning. Most people ignore it (or think it’s a nuisance) until those times when they really need it. For example: at a restaurant where TVs are showing the latest sports event, in a hospital waiting room, at a really noisy (or really quiet) office, while watching foreign-language films, or any of more than a dozen other examples.

But for some people, it’s a necessity. People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing need captions to understand what’s going on. But dozens of websites do not caption their videos, such as MSNBC, CNN, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Netflix, MoveOn, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and many more.

June 6 is #captionTHIS Day. (#captionTHIS is a Twitter hashtag.) Collaborative for Communication Access, an “advocate for inclusion of quality captioning universally”, is promoting #captionTHIS on their blog. The idea is to contact companies who currently release videos without captions and ask them to add captions so that everyone can enjoy the videos.

I’ve put together some examples that show the differences between videos with no captions, basic captions, transcripts, audio descriptions, and sign-language videos.

  • Only people with no visual or hearing impairments can really enjoy a video without captions, transcripts, or audio descriptions.
  • Captions help those who cannot hear for any reason. They could be deaf or hard-of-hearing…or they could work in a quiet or a noisy environment where they can’t listen.
  • Transcripts display the words being spoken. In addition to the same benefits as captions, they also add search engine optimization benefits. (On YouTube, click Show More under the video to find the transcript.)
  • Audio descriptions further enhance the video by explaining what is happening. It’s like having someone read the script to the person who is listening. For example: [Gibbs slaps Tony on the back of the head.] Tony: Hey!
  • Videos with sign language are specifically designed for those who understand sign language. YouTube has more than 40,000 ASL videos. The IRS has posted several videos to provide tax information.

Thanks to Ken Harrenstien, YouTube videos can now include machine-generated captions. For more information on captions, subtitles, and transcripts, visit Video Management on YouTube.

Upcoming Webinars: Content Accessibility

I’ll be presenting a series of three webinars on accessibility. The webinars, hosted by Adobe, cover:

Part 1: Making Sense of Accessibility (June 19)

“But we don’t have any disabled users.” As with any discipline, making your content accessible makes it better for all your users, not just those with disabilities. The first part of this three-part series covers:

  • Myths
  • Web standards
  • Types of disabilities
  • Legal issues
  • Existing solutions
  • Possible future solutions

Part 2: Creating an Accessible Layout (July 17)

What can you do to make your content appear more accessibly? During the second part of this three-part series, you’ll learn tips to make your documents (printed or online) more accessible to more users. This session will cover:

  • Document structure and layout
  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Padding, margin, and line-height
  • Borders and underlines
  • Custom Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Part 3: Developing Accessible Content (July 31)

You’ve learned why your content should be accessible and things you can do to make it appear more accessibly. In the last part of this three-part series, you’ll learn ways that you can create more accessible content and why they matter:

  • Grammar
  • Paragraph and sentence length
  • Alternative and title text
  • Link text
  • Data tables
  • Images and videos
  • Labels

Register at the Adobe site.

Webcast: Trends in technical communication, 2012

On January 31, Sarah O’Keefe of Scriptorium Publishing and I talked about tech comm trends for 2012. We each covered three trends (so six in total).

Many thanks to all who attended 🙂 You were a great group!

View the webcast recording. And visit the Scriptorium site for more videos and to see the list of upcoming events.

Plan your 2012 Conference Schedule Now!

Have you planned your 2012 conference schedule yet? Registration is open for several now, if you have 2011 funding that you need to spend before the new year.

Some of my favorites:

  • 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), February 27 – March 3, in San Diego, CA, USA. I’m not presenting at CSU (the Microsoft MVP Summit is taking place at the same time), but I’m hoping to attend at least one day.
  • WritersUA (The Conference for Software User Assistance). March 11-14, in Memphis, TN, USA. I’ll be presenting two sessions during UA 101 on Sunday (“HTML and CSS” and “Help Authoring Tools”).
  • LavaCon 2012 Graduate Event in Honolulu, April, 2012. If you attended LavaCon in November 2011, you can attend the Graduate Event (limited to 30 attendees). More information will be published soon.
  • Technical Communication Summit, May 20-23, Rosemont, IL, USA. This year’s conference has over 80 sessions, organized in 10 tracks. “Really Early Bird” registration (limited to the first 100 registrants) expires December 31, and “Early Bird” registration expires March 30.
  • Big Design Conference, May 31-June 2, Addison, TX, USA. You can purchase “Early Bird” tickets until February 29. The schedule is still being filled in, but a partial schedule is available.
  • LavaCon 2012, October 2012, Portland, OR, USA. This year’s management focus is “Increasing Your Corporate Value”, and the technology focus is “Creating and Deploying eBooks”. More information will be available in 2012.

Hope to see you in 2012!