W3C Invites Comment on CAPTCHA Note Update

On 3 July 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a draft update to its 2005 note Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA. As the W3C blog post puts it, “Much has changed in technology since then, but CAPTCHAs remain a barrier for some people to access websites”. CAPTCHA is the acronym…

Can I use Firefox with JAWS and/or NVDA?

TL;DR “Yes, if you’re using the latest versions.” Back in November last year, we advised JAWS and NVDA screen reader users not to upgrade to Firefox Quantum (version 57). The multiprocess technology introduced in this version by Mozilla (the organisation behind Firefox) to speed up overall browser performance was causing…

What’s new in WCAG 2.1?

WCAG 2.1 was published in its final form in June 2018. WCAG 2.1 is an extension to WCAG 2.0 that provides guidance to better address some of the needs of people with disabilities accessing content on mobile devices, people with low vision, and people with cognitive or learning disabilities. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are…

Accessibility Beyond the Screen

Intopia’s Director of Accessible Technologies, Adem Cifcioglu, presented Accessibility Beyond the Screen at The Web Meetup in Melbourne on 8 May 2018. For a long time, when we thought about accessibility, the first thing to come to mind was the Screen Reader on a computer. With the proliferation of voice…

Which Way is Up? Orientation in WCAG 2.1

The display orientation of my mobile is locked, always. I force my phone to display in portrait mode. I find it easier to use, particularly when I’m browsing whilst lying on my side. I don’t have to keep my phone perfectly upright, watching my screen flip back and forth as it figures out which way my hand is tilted. So I’m not…

CSUN 2018 – The Aftermath

The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is over for another year, and speakers, participants and attendees have scattered back to their various parts of the world. With an event like this, it’s always good to take a moment to reflect on what took place, how it went down and what people…

Improving web navigation for speech recognition users

The latest iteration of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) includes a new success criterion that should improve the web navigation experience for speech recognition software users. Success Criterion 2.4.12 Label in Name (Level A) For user interface components with labels that include text or images of text, the name contains the text…

Intopia’s headed to CSUN 2018!

We’re excited that three of our team, Sarah Pulis, Andrew Arch and Chris Pycroft will shortly be making the trek from the land down under to head to the 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, California. It’s our third time at CSUN, and while we’re excited about meeting…

International Women’s Day 2018: Let’s press for progress

At Intopia, it’s part of our mission to help make positive change wherever we can. Not just on particular days, but every single day. One of the areas we want to see change in is women in technology. We want to see women in more leadership roles, driving innovation and…

Voice assistants: Accessible for some, not everyone

In 2018, voice assistants are going mainstream in Australia. How well does this technology work for people with different needs and abilities? A voice assistant is a simple-looking, internet-enabled gadget that sits by quietly, waiting for you to talk to it. Ask “What’s the weather today?” to decide what to…

WebAIM screen reader survey #7: Mobile screen reader use continues to rise

WebAIM published the results of its seventh screen reader survey in December 2017. With nearly 1,800 responses worldwide, it tells us what technologies are in use, and how preferences and usage are changing. Since I regularly test screen reader usability on mobile devices, I thought I’d discuss the mobile section…

Screen reader users told not to upgrade to Firefox Quantum

JAWS and NVDA screen reader users are being advised not to upgrade to Firefox Quantum (version 57) which launches on 14 November 2017. In separate news articles, Freedom Scientific (creators of JAWS) and NV Access (creators of NVDA) have both stated that the experience for screen readers will be compromised…