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A11y Accessibility - What is A11y?
January 14 , 2018
What is A11y? A11y is another way of writing the word ‘accessibility’. It’s an abbreviated version for the Internet and social media world to make it easier to write. ‘A’ is the first letter; there are 11 letters in-between, and ‘y’ at the end. A11Y is what is known as a numeronym, somewhat similar to an acronym. Essentially, numbers are used in place of letters to achieve the desired result. You may be familiar with other numeronyms, such as “K-9” for “Canine” or “W3C” for “World Wide Web Consortium”.
One of the motivations for a numeronym is the limited space available on social media platforms for posting content. For example, on Twitter - where the character limit was 140
- by replacing the hashtag #accessibility with #a11y, the author now has another 9 characters available to them. Easily enough for another one or two important words on the subject of accessibility.
Accessibility (a11y) is a measure of a computer system`s accessibility to all people, including those with disabilities or impairments. It concerns both software and hardware and how they are configured in order to enable a disabled or impaired person to use that computer system successfully.
Accessibility is also known as assistive technology.
Accessibility refers to how software or hardware combinations are designed to make a system accessible to persons with disabilities, such as:
A11y compliance are global, and as a business, it is important to know if you are A11y compliant, specially with the new regulations like Section 508 or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the USA, or the European Union Law EU 301549
Understanding WCAG 2.1 is an essential guide to understanding and using "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1" (WCAG2.1). The concepts and provisions may be new to some people. Understanding WCAG 2.1 provides a non-normative extended commentary on each guideline and each Success Criterion to help readers better understand the intent and how the guidelines and Success Criteria work together. It also provides examples of techniques or combinations of techniques that the Working Group has identified as being sufficient to meet each Success Criterion. Links are then provided to write-ups for each of the techniques.
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In the last years several new laws were created to help persons with disabilities (PWD). Some examples are: Section 508 or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the USA, or the European Union Law EU 301549 Did you know that just over 15% of have a disability?