1. Why we do moderated, remote, usability testing

    Written by on June 1, 2017 in Testing, UX

    Guidelines and specs are helpful in the accessibility world, but they don’t always help us get to the heart of the matter: Is your site, product, service truly usable? Joanna Briggs shares why moderated, remote usability testing is so effective.

  2. Real users on Adobe PDFs

    Written by on May 5, 2016 in Development, Examples, UX

    This week, Joanna mines one of our most valuable resources—Simply Accessible’s usability panel—real users who test what we make to ensure our sites and apps are truly accessible. We asked them what barriers they face when accessing PDF documents on the web. Here’s what they had to say.

  3. Using the Windows High Contrast colour scheme with Adobe Acrobat Reader

    Written by on in Examples

    High contrast mode is great for readability, but if you’re trying to read a PDF, you’ll need to do some tweaking in Adobe Reader. We’ll walk you through it.

  4. Love your users and your search

    Written by on February 19, 2014 in Design

    One of the most important pages on a site is the page displayed when there aren’t any results for a search. It’s one of the most ignored and least-loved pages. Since it’s just past Valentine’s Day, let’s show the no-results page some love.

  5. Something to hide

    Written by on December 23, 2013 in Development

    In this week’s Best Practice of the Week, we’re talking about various methods for hiding content from users.

  6. One error message does not fit all

    Written by on November 14, 2013 in Design

    In this week’s Best Practice of the Week, we’re talking about error messages and how they convey problems to users. Error messages should be specific and let the user know what they need to do to fix it.

  7. Title attributes

    Written by on September 4, 2013 in Design, Development

    In this week’s BPOW (Best Practice of the Week), we look at the title attribute. Title attributes seem to end up everywhere. And, you really don’t need them because most of the time they’re just creating redundant information. For people with screenreaders, they might hear the title and the text – or just the link text. But, title attributes also have an impact on low vision users who use screen magnification.

  8. Capitalization matters

    Written by on August 8, 2013 in Content, Design

    We look at content in this issue of our Best Practice of the Week (BPOW): It’s easy to forget that a couple of letters share different meanings until you hear them in a screenreader.