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“How to make your WooCommerce store accessible” Slide Presentation

To contribute to the ‘HACK-cessibility Days‘ on May 19th and 20th, an awareness event for software developers, designers, manufacturers, and others, AccessibleWeb has created a Slide Presentation titled “How to make your WooCommerce store accessible” that you can view below:

 
The Presentation was prepared with Google Slides by Rafael Minuesa from AccessibleWeb, based on the original Post found at:
https://prowoos.com/make-woocommerce-store-accessible/.

You can view and download the original presentation from:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vVeD1PfQXOHGN75mLYrFSmM7mTJfkzYpqxDz9G1XtDo/

HACK-cessibility Days

To celebrate the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 19th and 20th, an awareness event for software developers, designers, manufacturers, and others, has been organized by the Ancona branch of the UICI (Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti).

HACK-cessibility Days

During the event there will be several initiatives:

– sessions and laboratories with which to learn the theory and do some practice, with the support of experts in the various technologies and the opportunity to meet with disabled users, to test if what we are doing is actually accessible. We will talk, for example, about UX and design, development (web, mobile, desktop), IoT and the implementation of devices to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.

– “sensorial” experiences to better understand, first of all, what it means to live with disabilities: among them there will be, for example, a “dark dinner” and guided tours to a “Tactile Museum”.
These experiences are very important because it is useless to talk about developing accessible solutions (whether they are software or electronic devices) unless you are actually experiencing how a disabled user relates to the “outside world”.

– CoderDojo: since today’s little ones will be tomorrow’s “hackers”, we have set up initiatives to transmit, beyond the passion for technology, the importance of themes such as accessibility!

The event will take place in Ancona on May 19th and 20th (Friday and Saturday).

Since the event has been organized by the Ancona branch of the UICI (Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti), some of the initiatives will be more focused on the topic of visual disabilities, while others will deal with the aspect of disabilities in general.

More information, as well as how to sign up (free) at the event, are available on http://hackcessibilitydays.it/

New EU directive requires public sector websites and mobile applications to be accessible

Representatives of EU governments, the European Parliament, and the European Commission have drafted the first mandatory rules to enforce accessibility on European public sector websites and mobile apps. These include state, regional and local authorities, and bodies and associations serving the general interest that are governed by public law.

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The rules will include guidelines on providing descriptions of non-textual content for persons with visual limitations, creating content that can be better presented across a range of devices that can be browsed without a mouse, making older content available to citizens in accessible form on demand, making mandatory for government videos to have closed captioning or another accessible alternative, including live streaming within a maximum of 14 days of broadcast, or providing accessibility options for online services that involve paying fines or fees. Additionally it must be clearly stated on each website what parts are not accessible.

The scope of the directive has not only been extended to mobile applications, which are more popular than websites, but also to extranets and intranets, to allow employees and students to access information that is essential in their daily lives.

The directive will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. European member states will then have 21 months to adopt national legislation to comply with it, and they must start applying the new rules to new websites one year later. For older websites the deadline is two years and for mobile apps 33 months.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, welcomed the agreement:

“Internet access should be a reality for everyone. Leaving millions of Europeans behind is not an option. Tonight’s agreement is an important step towards a Digital Single Market, which is about removing barriers so that all Europeans can get the best from the digital world.”

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said:

“It is not acceptable that millions of European citizens are left behind in the digital society. The agreement that we have just reached will ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the internet and mobile apps, to participate in society to a fuller extent and to lead a more independent life.”

One-Stop ‪‎Accessibility‬ resources for Developers from W3C

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched W3C Developers avenue, a one-stop page featuring the offerings and tools W3C has for Web Developers.

Among the offerings and tools W3C has for Web Developers are:

  • Free and Open-Source W3C validators, checkers and tools
  • Discourse, to discuss and learn
  • W3C Community Groups to propose and incubate new web technologies
  • Learning, in a W3Cx MOOC or a course from W3DevCampus
  • Testing the Web Forward

The resources are organized into 4 sections:

Learn

In the comfort of your browser, learn Web technologies such as HTML, CSS from the people who create them.

Tools

Lead your code to its full potential with great and open source tools.

Get Involved

Get involved in the creation of Web standards. Yes, that’s where cool people hang out.

Test the Web Forward

W3C’s one stop shop for Open Web Platform testing.

Jeffrey Jaffe, CEO of the W3C, explained that W3C Developers would provide free and Open-Source W3C validation tools and accessibility checkpoints.

More info at:
https://www.w3.org/blog/2015/10/w3c-releases-web-developer-avenue/

W3C Accessibility guidelines for Developers