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Accessible and Inclusive Design: A Partnership for a More Equitable Web

Maggie Vaughan | June 20, 2024 | Accessibility

Inclusive and accessible design are both essential in creating usable digital experiences for a broader range of people. However, they differ in their approach. Accessible Design Accessible design addresses discriminatory aspects related to...

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Beyond the Chart: A Guide to Accessible Data Visualization

Maggie Vaughan | June 18, 2024 | Accessibility

Note: The information and guidelines presented in this blog post are for non-interactive data visualizations. Who doesn't love a good pie chart or bar graph? I'll tell you who: someone who's color blind or uses a screen...

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Browse Without Barriers: A Guide to Some of Google's Accessibility Tools

Maggie Vaughan | June 13, 2024 | Accessibility

If your campus or organization runs on Google tools like Workspace and Chrome, you might already be familiar with the array of Google products designed to make everyone's work day (or fun day!) even better. In this blog, we'll examine some of...

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Decoding Your Content: How Abbreviations & Acronyms Impact Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | June 11, 2024 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

Abbreviations and acronyms like "LOL" (laughing out loud or lots of love) and "ETA" (estimated time of arrival) are everywhere in communication, from texting to work emails. While they're handy for saving time and making things shorter, they can...

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Building a Strong Foundation - Mastering Proper Page Structure

Maggie Vaughan | June 6, 2024 | Accessibility

Strong foundations lead to exceptional user experiences. In website design and development, that foundation is your page structure. A well-defined page structure dictates how easily users navigate and engage with your content. What is Page...

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A More Descriptive ALT Text: Shaping Experiences and Perceptions

Maggie Vaughan | June 4, 2024 | Accessibility

Any image that conveys relevant, meaningful context should have ALT text. The details of the ALT text will depend on the context of the image and the content creator. And there are times when ALT text, to be truly effective, should include...

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The trouble with PDFs

Maggie Vaughan | May 28, 2024 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Thursday, May 16th, DubBot and our partner Lullabot co-hosted "Web Accessibility Q&A: Simplicity, Testing, and Remediation," which featured a fantastic panel of accessibility professionals from Iowa's Department for the Blind, Lullabot, ...

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DubBot's Summer Road Trip

Maggie Vaughan | May 22, 2024 | Accessibility

This summer, we're thrilled to sponsor two key events dedicated to advancing accessibility in education. Each is a valuable stop on your accessibility road trip. The first stop is the UnConference, which takes place on May 31 from 9...

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GAAD Webinar Wrap-Up

Maggie Vaughan | May 17, 2024 | Accessibility

Wow! What a great #GAAD webinar!  Thursday, May 16th, DubBot and our partner Lullabot co-hosted "Web Accessibility Q&A: Simplicity, Testing, and Remediation," which featured a fantastic panel of accessibility professionals from...

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What Accessibility Awareness Means to Me #GAAD

Maggie Vaughan | May 16, 2024 | Accessibility

Have you ever thought about how you navigate the world around you? For many, daily tasks like using a website or entering a building are seamless experiences. However, that is not the case for the estimated 1.3 billion people who experience...

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Site Maps, Site Search and Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | May 2, 2024 | Accessibility

An important aspect of an accessible website is providing different ways for users to find what they need. Site maps and site search are two helpful tools for achieving this. Sitemaps Although an HTML sitemap is not required to comply with WCAG...

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Title II: New Rule for State & Local Governments

Maggie Vaughan | April 26, 2024 | Accessibility

On Thursday, April 24, 2024, "The Department of Justice ("Department") issued its final rule revising the regulation implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to establish specific requirements, including the adoption of...

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Third-Party Applications and Accessibility Barriers

Maggie Vaughan | April 25, 2024 | Accessibility

Third-party applications can offer everything from enhanced productivity tools to on-demand entertainment. But what happens when these add-ons create unintended consequences? While third-party applications can enhance functionality, they can...

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Celebrating Digital Inclusion: Get Ready for Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Maggie Vaughan | April 24, 2024 | Accessibility

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Lullabot and DubBot are co-hosting a webinar to help you make your website more accessible to everyone. Join us May 16 at 1 p.m. EDT for "Web Accessibility Q&A: Simplicity, Testing, and...

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Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities: Visual

Maggie Vaughan | April 18, 2024 | Accessibility

This blog series, Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities, will explore the needs of users with auditory, cognitive, visual, and mobility impairments and equip you with the knowledge and tools to create digital experiences that are more...

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Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities: Mobility

Maggie Vaughan | April 11, 2024 | Accessibility

This blog series, Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities , will explore the needs of users with auditory, cognitive, visual, and mobility impairments and equip you with the knowledge and tools to create digital experiences that are...

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Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities: Cognitive

Maggie Vaughan | April 4, 2024 | Accessibility

This blog series, Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities, will explore the needs of users with auditory, cognitive, visual, and mobility impairments and equip you with the knowledge and tools to create digital experiences that are...

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Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities: Auditory

Maggie Vaughan | March 28, 2024 | Accessibility

This blog series, Development & Testing for Diverse Abilities , will explore the needs of users with auditory, cognitive, visual, and mobility impairments and equip you with the knowledge and tools to create digital experiences that are...

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Level Up Your Accessibility Game: Tips and Resources for Hiring an Accessibility Pro

Maggie Vaughan | March 21, 2024 | Accessibility

If you or your organization are looking to hire an accessibility professional, you’ll need to have a solid understanding of your organization's accessibility goals to choose a candidate with the appropriate expertise. This blog post...

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Navigating Section 508 and WCAG 2.0

Maggie Vaughan | March 14, 2024 | Accessibility

Disclaimer: Legal Information and General DisclaimerThis blog post contains general information only and is not intended as legal advice. It is based on our understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing and is subject to...

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EvolvingDrupal Atlanta!

Maggie Vaughan | March 5, 2024 | Web Governance, Accessibility

Guess who’s coming to town? That’s right! EvolveDrupal is heading to Atlanta! DubBot is proud to be a sponsor of this outstanding event hosted by our client and partner, Evolving Web.  DubBot’s VP of Client...

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Accessibility Checklist Update: Now Includes WCAG 2.2

Maggie Vaughan | February 29, 2024 | Accessibility

In 2022, we introduced the Beginner's Guide for Manual and Automated Accessibility Testing, which was developed by our team of accessibility specialists. When the checklist was published, it covered every success criterion included in the WCAG...

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False Positives in Accessibility Testing

Maggie Vaughan | February 22, 2024 | Accessibility

A false positive in accessibility testing occurs when an accessibility test detects a barrier that is not actually present. False positives can occur for several reasons and under different circumstances. A purely decorative image is one of the...

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Staying on Target: Meeting the Minimum Target Size

Maggie Vaughan | February 15, 2024 | Accessibility

Have you ever unintentionally clicked the wrong button or struggled to hit the right link on a website or mobile app? You’re not alone. Trying to tap those tiny buttons on my phone with my fat fingers – it's like playing that...

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Testing for Consistent Help

Maggie Vaughan | February 8, 2024 | Accessibility

New with WCAG 2.2 is WCAG 3.2.6, Consistent Help (Level A). This criterion ensures that when providing users with a help mechanism on your website, it is located consistently in the same relative location unless the user initiates a...

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What does readability have to do with accessibility?

Maggie Vaughan | February 2, 2024 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

You may not realize this, but about 10% of the people visiting your website could have dyslexia. Still, others may struggle with cognitive or learning disabilities that make reading words and sentences difficult. Turns out, the average reading...

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Case Study: Transforming Accessibility Training at Providence College

Maggie Vaughan | February 1, 2024 | Case Studies, Accessibility

Institution Overview Providence College is a private Catholic university in Providence, Rhode Island. Offering 47 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate programs, the current total student population is 4,756, which includes undergraduate,...

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Using DubBot During the Development Phase

Maggie Vaughan | January 26, 2024 | Accessibility

We believe embedding accessibility standards and testing into the development process is the most efficient approach to creating an accessible website. Many of DubBot's clients, agencies in particular, use automated and manual testing consistently...

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Announcing Our New Learning Center

Maggie Vaughan | January 18, 2024 | Accessibility

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Learning Center! This resource is now available to clients by simply creating a username and password for individual users. If your organization already subscribes to DubBot, you can add...

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2023's Top 10 Accessibility Issues Uncovered

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2024 | Accessibility

In the spirit of curating end-of-year numbers, the DubBot engineers ran a query on all the accessibility issues encountered by our clients in 2023. Here's the top-ten list with a side of recommendations and best practices. #1 Links with the same...

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The Crucial Role of Discernible Text in Links

Maggie Vaughan | January 4, 2024 | Accessibility

One often overlooked yet crucial element in web accessibility is discernible text in links. In this blog post, we'll consider the significance of having discernible text in links, explore why it is essential for an inclusive online experience, and...

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Helping Users Prevent Input Errors

Maggie Vaughan | December 14, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

On November 16, I posted a blog titled Error Messages and Making Them Accessible. Today’s blog is about best practices to help you help your users actively avoid those errors. Similar to initiating accessibility testing at the outset...

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AI and ALT Text: Using Custom Policies for a Balanced Approach

Maggie Vaughan | December 7, 2023 | Accessibility

Est. read time: 3 minutes    Ensuring that all users can engage with online content regardless of their abilities is a top priority. One solution that has gained more recent traction is using artificial intelligence (AI) to...

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Viewport Testing: Analysis Options for a Better User Experience

Maggie Vaughan | November 30, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

DubBot brings you an exciting addition to your testing arsenal: the ability to configure the viewport used for testing and previewing your website for a more customized evaluation of your content within DubBot. Viewports play a significant role...

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Error Messages and Making Them Accessible

Maggie Vaughan | November 16, 2023 | Accessibility

I was working through some broken link issues on a friend's website when it occurred to me. What do all these error messages mean? For example: HTTP_400: Bad Request - did I forget to say please? HTTP_403: Forbidden - now I really want to...

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Embracing a Simpler Platform

Blaine Herman | November 14, 2023 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

In a world where software companies try to be everything to everybody, we’ve taken a different approach at DubBot. Instead, we prioritize simplicity in our approach, recognizing that end users avoid overly complex...

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Veterans Day and the DAV

Maggie Vaughan | November 9, 2023 | Accessibility

If you are a veteran in crisis or you know a veteran who is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988, then Press 1.  The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, marked the official end...

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SC 4.1.1 Parsing - Should it stay or should it go?

Maggie Vaughan | November 3, 2023 | Accessibility, Web Governance

By now, many of you have heard that WCAG Success Criteria (SC) 4.1.1, Parsing (Level A) has been removed from WCAG 2.2. Even though 4.1.1 is no longer a rule per WCAG 2.2, DubBot has not removed that rule from our test bank. We have left the...

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Demystifying Decorative Images: To ALT Text or Not to ALT Text?

Maggie Vaughan | October 26, 2023 | Accessibility, Web Governance

For web accessibility experts, decorative images are a familiar and often debated topic. The question that often arises is whether ALT text should be applied to decorative images. To answer this, we first need to define what...

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Accessibility Statement 2.2

Maggie Vaughan | October 19, 2023 | Accessibility

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have long served as the gold standard for making the web inclusive. In the world of web accessibility, the recent release of WCAG 2.2 as a recommendation represents a significant milestone. While...

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Tips for Accessible Meme Making

Maggie Vaughan | October 12, 2023 | Accessibility

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital content, memes have become a powerful medium for communication, humor, and expression. However, understanding the humor or message conveyed by a meme can be challenging for individuals with visual...

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Case Study: George Mason University & The Trusted Tester

Maggie Vaughan | October 6, 2023 | Case Studies, Accessibility

So simple, yet so brilliant! George Mason University (GMU) leveraged the Trusted Tester Conformance Test Process Certification, TTV5, creating a cohort of accessibility specialists and advocates.Provided by The Department of Homeland Security, the...

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Deep Links in DubBot

Maggie Vaughan | October 6, 2023 | Accessibility

Deep links are shortcuts that send users directly to precise locations within an application, bypassing the need to navigate through the application. These clever links streamline the user experience by making sharing information easier from one...

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WCAG 2.2 is Live!

Ashley Thompson | October 5, 2023 | Accessibility

WCAG 2.2 is here! Today, October 5, 2023, WCAG 2.2 is officially live! We have been following the evolution of this update closely, and we are excited to see the final version of these guidelines, which include nine new Success...

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Dark Mode: Best Practices for Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | September 28, 2023 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Looking back on the history of dark mode, anyone can see it has come a long way from the old cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors that displayed green text on a black background. It has evolved over time, driven by both practical considerations and...

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Dark Mode in Web Apps: A11Y Pros and Cons

Maggie Vaughan | September 21, 2023 | Accessibility

Dark mode, or dark theme or night mode, is a display setting for digital user interfaces. It means that, instead of the default dark text on a light background, the user sees light-colored text against a dark or black background. "The idea behind...

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Proof Accessibility Matters

Maggie Vaughan | September 14, 2023 | Accessibility

Recently, an article from HubSpot titled "Website Accessibility: 25 Statistics that Prove It Matters" was shared with me by a colleague. It's chock-full of solid, research-based facts and figures on why accessibility really does matter. The...

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How People Use Assistive Technology

Maggie Vaughan | September 7, 2023 | Accessibility

What is assistive technology? Assistive technology ensures that individuals with disabilities can interact with websites and digital content effectively. The types of assistive technology needed to interact with a website can vary depending on...

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Sitting for the CPACC Exam - I Passed!

Ashley Thompson | August 31, 2023 | Accessibility

Ashley Thompson is a member of DubBot’s Support team, serving as our newest Support Engineer. The following post is the fifth and final post of a blog series documenting her experiences as she prepared for the CPACC exam. The fourth...

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FCC's New Proposed Rule

Maggie Vaughan | August 17, 2023 | Accessibility

On the heels of the Justice Department sending a notice of proposed rulemaking "to improve web and mobile applications (apps) access for people with disabilities," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has "published a proposed rule designed...

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The Importance of the 404 Status for your 404 Page

Blaine Herman | August 10, 2023 | Accessibility, SEO

In a recent case, we assisted a client in realizing that despite encountering a "404 Not Found" error for a page on their site, their web server was incorrectly indicating a "200 OK status." This 200 OK status suggested the page was found at the...

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Sitting for the CPACC Exam - #4

Ashley Thompson | August 3, 2023 | Accessibility

Ashley Thompson is a member of DubBot’s Support team, serving as our newest Support Engineer. The following post is the third part of a blog series documenting her experiences as she prepares for the CPACC exam. The third blog entry...

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It's A11Y Summit Time!

Maggie Vaughan | July 13, 2023 | Web Governance, Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Are you ready? The HighEdWeb Accessibility Summit is right around the corner. It’s happening on Tuesday, July 25, to be exact. Have you registered yet? No? What are you waiting for? Register Now! Here at DubBot, we are especially...

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Product Update: PDF Checker 2.0 Goes Live

Maggie Vaughan | July 6, 2023 | Accessibility, Product Updates

If you subscribe to the DubBot Quarterly Newsletter, you saw in the Product Updates section that "PDF checker version 2.0 is now live with more abilities to filter your PDFs by types of issues found."  I thought you might find it helpful...

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Flying without Limits: Unlocking Accessible Air Travel

Maggie Vaughan | June 29, 2023 | Accessibility

Awww, summer vacation! Who doesn’t anxiously await that time away to unwind, unplug and recharge? I recently returned home from my long-awaited summer vacation in Destin, Florida. Since I live in Virginia, I traveled by plane to...

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2023 Special Olympics World Games

Maggie Vaughan | June 22, 2023 | Accessibility

The lighting of the "Flame of Hope" took place on June 18 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, in front of an audience of 50,000 individuals, consisting of 3,000 coaches, officials, and 18,000 volunteers. This significant event marked the...

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AI and A11Y: Navigating the AI Revolution

Maggie Vaughan | June 15, 2023 | Accessibility

People have written a lot about the pros and cons of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on people with disabilities. I do not pretend to be an expert, and I certainly can not cover the breadth of the subject adequately in just one blog...

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Sitting for the CPACC Exam - #3

Ashley Thompson | June 8, 2023 | Accessibility

Ashley Thompson is a member of DubBot’s Support team, serving as our newest Support Engineer. The following post is the third part of a blog series documenting her experiences as she prepares for the CPACC exam. The second blog entry...

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DubBot's Drupal Module is Here!

Maggie Vaughan | June 1, 2023 | Web Governance, Accessibility

DubBot is excited to announce the release of our Drupal module!! This release is a result of collaborative effort with our friends at Lullabot. Our Drupal module will empower DubBot subscribers to enhance their websites by integrating...

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"Dear Colleague," Signed the DOJ

Maggie Vaughan | May 24, 2023 | Accessibility

On May 19, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a "Dear Colleague" letter. This letter serves as a reminder to colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions about the...

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Partially Accessible: A Conversation Within DubBot

Maggie Vaughan | May 18, 2023 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance, Web Governance

A few weeks ago, I was preparing for a webinar and reviewing a list of potential questions. One question, in particular, caught my attention: "Is it acceptable to release a product or website that is partially accessible?" As I began to formulate...

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Celebrating GAAD With Friends

Maggie Vaughan | May 11, 2023 | Accessibility

Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day by joining us on May 18, 2023, beginning at 1 p.m. EDT for "Web Accessibility Q&A: Overcoming Excuses and Misconceptions." Is your organization making excuses for why its website isn't accessible...

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Lawyers, Accessibility & Money

Maggie Vaughan | April 27, 2023 | Accessibility

Suppose you identified an issue on your website that was causing your organization to lose money, tarnishing your organization’s reputation and could possibly land you in court, would you fix it? Of course you would. And then, would you...

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Caption This!

Maggie Vaughan | April 20, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

Closed captioning is the process of adding written text to movies, TV shows, commercials…any type of video or audio media to make it accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. But, closed captioning not only benefits those...

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Sitting for the CPACC Exam - #2

Ashley Thompson | March 23, 2023 | Accessibility

Ashley Thompson is a member of DubBot’s Support team, serving as our newest Support Engineer. The following post is the second part of a blog series documenting her experiences as she prepares for the CPACC exam. The first...

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A day at axe-con

Maggie Vaughan | March 22, 2023 | Accessibility

I attended my third axe-con conference last week. As usual, I was not disappointed. I found myself drawn to the sessions that focused on the people of accessibility and not the technology. Sometimes I think the longer I’m in the...

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Prioritizing Accessibility Issues

Maggie Vaughan | March 16, 2023 | Web Governance, Accessibility

There are many ways to prioritize the issues found during your last accessibility audit…matrices, formulas, comparisons...all kinds of methods. Your organization may already have a process in place. If not, this blog post is for you....

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"All In" with Google

Maggie Vaughan | March 9, 2023 | Accessibility

According to the Jan. 5, 2021 issue of Forbes Magazine, "...based upon growing trends in the market, building an inclusive brand will soon transform from a 'nice to do' to a 'must do.'" The Universal Marketing Dictionary defines inclusive...

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Why axe-con is a Must-Attend for Any A11Y Professional

Maggie Vaughan | March 2, 2023 | Accessibility

Why axe-con? Let me tell you why. Axe-con is all about digital accessibility. All day, every day. Accessibility is not a sidebar at this conference…it IS the conference. And it's not just for programmers and...

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Sitting for the CPACC Exam

Ashley Thompson | February 23, 2023 | Accessibility

Ashley Thompson is a member of DubBot’s Support team, serving as our newest Support Engineer. The following post is the first part of a blog series documenting her experiences as she prepares for the CPACC...

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Disabilities and a Presidency

Maggie Vaughan | February 20, 2023 | Accessibility

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) is considered one of the most successful and effective American presidents in history.  Below is a brief timeline of his life: FDR was born in 1882 in Hyde Park, New York, to James and Sara Roosevelt ...

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Supporting HighEdWeb

Blaine Herman | February 1, 2023 | Accessibility

"The Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is an international organization of professionals working to design, develop, manage, and map the future of digital in higher education."  DubBot has supported the HighEdWeb...

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The DOJ and New Web Accessibility Regulations

Maggie Vaughan | January 26, 2023 | Accessibility

I’ve noticed a couple of articles/blog posts popping up regarding the April 2023 date the DOJ intends to publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on new web accessibility regulations for state and local government...

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Describing Images

Maggie Vaughan | January 20, 2023 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

We all know that adding ALT text to our images is a very simple way to help add accessibility to our websites and digital assets. But there are other forms of text alternatives that, when used properly, also make your digital creations...

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WCAG 2.2 - What's New

Maggie Vaughan | January 11, 2023 | Accessibility

NOTE Since this article was published, the W3C has made the following changes to WCAG 2.2:Changes from the January 2023 CR to the May 2023 CR include: 2.4.7 Focus Visible — Changed from Level A back to Level AA, as it is in...

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Making a Resolution for Advocacy

Maggie Vaughan | December 30, 2022 | Accessibility

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time that many of us reflect on the year gone by and look at the coming year as an opportunity for change, personal growth, and goal-setting. Whether it's committing to losing those pesky 10...

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The Holidays, Sensory Overload and Emojis

Maggie Vaughan | December 22, 2022 | Accessibility

Simply put, sensory overload means "too much information."  According to WebMD "Sensory overload is when your five senses — sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste — take in more information than your brain can...

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Actually, Don't Click Here!

Maggie Vaughan | December 15, 2022 | Accessibility, SEO, Quality Assurance

Why are web content writers, designers and managers still using "Click Here" (or "Read More," "Learn More," etc.) as link text when it has been shown repeatedly it's just not best practice? Maybe it’s time for a refresher course on...

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Manual Testing - A Checklist

Maggie Vaughan | December 12, 2022 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Back in October, October 9-12 to be exact, Little Rock, Arkansas hosted  #HEWeb22  - HighEdWeb’s Annual Conference. DubBot’s own Penny Kronz was a conference speaker, sharing her expertise in her session...

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Maggie Vaughan | September 22, 2022 | Accessibility

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Next month marks the 34th annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Every October is a celebration "honoring the achievements and contributions of U.S. workers...

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It’s Disability Voting Rights Week!

Maggie Vaughan | September 13, 2022 | Accessibility

Disability Voting Rights Week, formally known as National Disability Voter Registration Week, is September 12 - 16, 2022.  Disability Voting Rights Week is coordinated by the REV UP Campaign. REV UP stands for "Register, Educate, Vote,...

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A Business Case for A11Y

Maggie Vaughan | August 19, 2022 | Accessibility, SEO

According to Google’s English dictionary, which is provided by Oxford Languages, the definition of a business case is "a justification for a proposed project or undertaking on the basis of its expected commercial...

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Overlays: A Year and a Half Later

Maggie Vaughan | July 27, 2022 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

The problem with overlays is that they are still a problem! In February of 2021, I posted about the havoc that overlays cause to assistive technology and its users. According to a recent article in the New York Times (July 13, 2022), not...

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Invisible Disabilities

Maggie Vaughan | July 20, 2022 | Accessibility

  What is an invisible disability? According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, "an invisible disability is a physical, mental or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside, yet can limit or challenge a...

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Onboarding Employees with Disabilities

Maggie Vaughan | June 29, 2022 | Accessibility

The Hiring Process The use AI, or Artificial Intelligence is finding its way into the hiring, promotion, and other employment decision-making processes. For example, software that screens out applications using a pre-defined list of keywords or...

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What is WCAG Silver?

Maggie Vaughan | June 15, 2022 | Accessibility

To answer that, we need a little history lesson. Back in 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Fast forward to 2018. Wow…a lot has changed on the web…live...

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Some Info on Infographics

Maggie Vaughan | May 27, 2022 | Accessibility

Because infographics are visual, they inherently present accessibility barriers to users with visual and cognitive disabilities. Infographics can also be challenging for those who use keyboard-only navigation. People with color blindness may miss...

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Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Maggie Vaughan | May 19, 2022 | Accessibility

On the third Thursday of May, we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD "started" on Sunday, November 27, 2011, when Joe Devon penned a post on challenging his fellow back-end programmers to increase their...

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Form and Function

Maggie Vaughan | May 13, 2022 | Accessibility, Quality Assurance

Web forms should be easy to navigate, complete, and submit while being keyboard accessible from the first input field to the submit button. Instructions, input format requirements, and error messages should be written in plain language and...

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DubBot Continues Tradition of Support

Maggie Vaughan | May 12, 2022 | Accessibility

Supporting the Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is not new for DubBot. We have been Silver or Gold sponsors of the Annual Conference since 2018 and the Accessibility Partner in 2021 and again for this year’s...

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Case Study: University of West Florida

Penny Kronz | May 2, 2022 | Case Studies, Quality Assurance, Web Governance, Accessibility

The University of West Florida utilizes a CMS to manage their website content which allows non-technical users to manage their own web content. While this is a great practice that allows UWF to output timely content, manually reviewing all content...

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Raising Awareness of Digital A11Y

Maggie Vaughan | April 22, 2022 | Accessibility

The 11th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is on Thursday, May 19, 2022. "The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with...

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Is Long COVID a Disability?

Maggie Vaughan | April 16, 2022 | Accessibility

Even a mild case of COVID-19 can cause long COVID. "It is estimated that anywhere from 10% to 30% of patients might experience long COVID after recovering—even if they weren’t very sick in the first place." ~ What...

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Web Performance Metrics

Maggie Vaughan | March 23, 2022 | Web Governance, Quality Assurance, Accessibility

We all want that webpage we’ve been searching for to be viewable, usable, and interactive with lightning speed. But alas, that is not always the case. We have all had to "Let the Spinning Wheel spin," much to our displeasure and...

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Models of Disability

Maggie Vaughan | March 10, 2022 | Accessibility

There are many different models of disability, along with varying titles and definitions, so it can get confusing. For the purpose of this post, we will be looking at just three of those models…medical, tragedy / charity, and social....

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Accessible Microcopy

Maggie Vaughan | February 18, 2022 | Accessibility

What is Microcopy? According to Adobe, "...microcopy refers to the tiny tidbits of copy found on websites, applications, and products - from the words that comprise a call to action, to the disclaimers that assure users that their email address...

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Accessibility & SEO

Maggie Vaughan | February 9, 2022 | Accessibility, SEO

Did you know that just by making your website accessible you also are boosting your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts AND improving your organic search rankings? Pretty awesome, right? DubBot scans and tests for six in-page elements...

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Artificial Intelligence and Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | January 27, 2022 | Accessibility

What is Artificial Intelligence? According to the Oxford dictionary, artificial intelligence (AI) is "the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech...

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Readability Scores

Maggie Vaughan | January 13, 2022 | Quality Assurance, SEO, Accessibility

According to the Center for Plain Language, "Readability is about making your digital content clear and easy to understand. When you focus on readability, you increase the chance your target audience will actually read and interact with your...

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Heuristics and Accessibility

Maggie Vaughan | December 30, 2021 | Quality Assurance, Accessibility

According to Psychology Today, "a heuristic is a mental shortcut that allows an individual to make a decision, pass judgment, or solve a problem quickly and with minimal mental effort." Heuristics are also referred to as "a rule of thumb," which...

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