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#MyFriendAlexa - Blogger's Checklist For Accessibility

Accessibility is still new for many people out there. Last week, in my team many new candidates joined and it was my job to give them the introduction of Accessibility and why it is important. With their question, I could sense that we still need to see Accessibility from a more human outlook. Accessibility brings few of our known ones one level up. Those people who are behind in the race of life due to disabilities caused by any accident, side effect of treatment or due to sudden insensibility of limbs. Besides permanent disabilities, the severity and type of difficulty  an individual experiences can vary throughout a person’s life. For example, vision related issues.

As a software person and a project manager, accessibility is now very close to my heart. It is my bread and butter these days, to be honest. Day and night I think about accessibility and ways to address accessibility issues in digital information. However, as a blogger, I feel it is also my responsibility to talk abou…
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This post is for #SiblingStories blogging train hosted by Ila Varma in collaboration with the Brand Ang Tatva. Thirty three esteemed bloggers from blogging fraternity have joined hands to participate in the Blog train for #SiblingTalk reviving the sweet and tickling hours spent with loving siblings and revive golden memories of the past.

ABOUT ME
My name is Shipra and I am a working mother who is a part time blogger as well. I share my parenting experience through my blog and I also love to write about food, health and technology. Cartoon making is another thing I really enjoy and I own a cartoon series #VibhuAndPapa that you can find on Twitter. They are the funny conversation between my son and my husband. Work line wise, I am a software project manager who now a days is working on Digital Accessibility. My this year's #MyfriendAlexa post are about making our blogs accessible. Check them if you like to know more.

MY #SiblingStories
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#MyFriendAlexa - Is Your Blog and Content Understandable For Everyone?

So far we have understood how to make the blog content perceivable and how to make blog operable for specially-abled readers. Now comes the part of being understandable. This is a common issue in blogging websites even for readers with no disability. At times the navigation of the website is so confusing that readers  don't understand how to reach the content that suits their taste. During #MyFriendAlexa reading only, I landed on a blog where so much was happening on the first page. And I took some time to find out where were the actual blogs. Social media handles, blogging achievements, ads and running text, everything was there at the first page of the blog. However, the most significant part of the blog, the content itself, was behind a small clickable link.

A blog may be perceivable and operable, but unless the content and navigation are obvious, the site is far from becoming accessible. Other than navigation, one more thing that makes blogs tricky is the difficult language. …

#MyFriendAlexa - Is Your Blog Operable For Everyone?

Recently one of my readers asked me a question "why blog accessibility?", "Is it necessary?"
If you have read my previous posts on accessibility, I have mentioned that web accessibility, on a bigger view, is following a few HTML/other web technology standards in your website. However, blog accessibility is little different from web/digital accessibility. Blog accessibility is more about understanding readers out there. Every reader is different and so is his way of perceiving the content. Accessibility says to provide more than one way to perceive the blog content. Accessibility asks to follow a few guidelines while preparing content with images, multimedia and hyperlinks. And your blog comes close to become accessible. The challenge appears when bloggers assume that this is a technical work and they can't do it as they have no technical background.

Most of the bloggers do not have education in HTML (HyperText Markup Language) or CSS (cascading style sheets). …

#MyFriendAlexa - Is Your Content Visible To Everyone?

What is an accessible website or blog?
I want to change my blog but where to start?
I am not a technical person. Will I be able to apply accessibility in my blog?
Is there any rule book or guideline?

Yes, there is!

There are many companies who have created web accessibility standards. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Then there is another standard MAS (Microsoft Accessibility Standard) and couple of more. These are actually rules that guide people on how to do changes in the HTML of the website/blog so as to make it accessible for all. But those standard are more understandable for people like me who work full-time in testing websites against accessibility standards. My team also makes software that both checks websites against accessibility standards and fix accessibility issues in them. No wonder this is we are supposed to do as software profession…

#MyFriendAlexa - How To Make Your Blog Accessible?

So far, my two posts on accessibility might have given you a fair idea why we should care about accessibility. The first blog throws light on the meaning of accessibility, and the second post explains a common accessibility issue present in most of the blogs. Accessibility gives wings to those special people among us, who are struggling hard to make their identity. Living a life with any sort of disability is really tough, but thanks to technology things are improving. With technical aspect, accessibility needs human regard as well, where we all give our contribution in making this world accessibility for specially-abled people. That is why I have dedicated my posts of #myfriendalexa series to digital/wed accessibility.

I hope by now you want to include Everyone as your readers with making your blog accessible. You want to enhance the way you are designing your posts. You even know web accessibility is good for search engine optimization (SEO). Yes, this is true. But you are bewilder…

#MyFriendAlexa - The Most Common Accessibility Issue in Blogs

In my first blog of accessibility series, I tried to explain what is digital accessibility. I put stress on the importance of accessibility and promised that I will help in making our blogs accessible. When a website is correctly designed and developed, all users can have equal access to the sites' information, functionality, and benefits. But not many of us have much control over the design of the blog website we own.

We normally take a pre-designed and developed template. We also go for customization if needed but that is limited to using customization user interface provided by the website provider. Some of us try our hands into the actual technology used for the website development (HTML/CSS/PHP/Javascript). What type of website owner you are, decides the level of accessibility compliance you can achieve for your website. But first I would like you to understand how specially-abled people access the digital world. They use Assistive technology (AT) which enables persons with d…