Monday, March 31, 2014

WAWG meeting, Tuesday, April 1, 1-2, 100 N. Hatcher Classroom 

Making Word and PDF Documents Accessible

​Not only are we responsible for making our HTML accessible, we must also ensure that our PDF documents can be accessed by those using assistive technology. Ruth Shamraj
 will demonstrate making MSWord and PDF documents compliant with Section 508 standards and pass the Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker. 
​She
 will cover the following topics:

  • How to make structured documents using paragraph formatting styles
  •  How to apply paragraph styles to someone else’s Word document with minimal impact on page formatting and layout
  • Setting the document language and other properties
  • Using the Word to PDF macro; Accessibility checkpoints
  •  Using the Touch Up Reading Order tool; setting tab order 
​Hope you can make it! ​

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WAWG = Web Accessibility Working Group

Next meeting Tuesday, March 4, 1-2:30, 100 N. Hatcher classroom

Hi all, 

ARIA is the bleeding edge of web accessibility and a challenge for everyone. I'm hoping you can join us as Colin Fulton and the Library team share their insights and experience working with ARIA. 

Colin's description:

"As websites transform from text documents to interactive applications, ARIA gives us powerful tools to ensure accessibility of even the most JavaScript-heavy websites. It is also a 184-page spec that, when applied incorrectly, can make make problematic websites nonfunctional.

The aim of this short informal talk is to give an overview of what ARIA is, why it is needed, and how to use—and not misuse—it. The talk will be informative and friendly for non-programmers and developers alike."

I know others have been working with ARIA (Gonzalo, Robert, Randall, et al.) and hope you folks can contribute to the conversation too. And for those of you who have been holding back, this is a good opportunity to get a finger hold on the topic. 

If you want to whet your appetite before our meeting I would suggest taking a quick look at:


Hope to see you there!