As we move forward to create a more diverse and inclusive world, delivering accessible content becomes increasingly important. But what do we mean by “accessibility” and why should accessibility be important to professional and technical writers?

In this session, Bob Johnson reviews the categories of disability and their impact on technical communication. Bob also reviews considerations such as population, economics, and legal exposure, that make accessibility an important concern for technical communicators.

About the Visiting Dojo Master

Bob JohnsonBob Johnson is a technical writer with a long professional and personal interest in accessibility. Professionally, Bob has audited technical communication content and has developed and implemented mitigation plans to improve the accessibility of that content. Bob helped establish an accessibility community at Red Hat, and led the establishment of an accessibility team in Red Hat’s technical communication organization.

Bob’s personal interest in accessibility is driven by his experience as a parent of children with cognitive disabilities, and husband of a special education teacher who specializes in inclusion.

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Recorded: 3 May 2021 | Transcript

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Questions about how to develop and deliver accessible content are common. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is the place the start:

Both 2.0 and 2.1 are currently in force. WCAG 2.1 is an expansion of WCAG 2.0, not a replacement.

Another place to go is the Accessibile Rich Internet Applications suite (ARIA suite):

WCAG is more directly applicable to authors. ARIA is more applicable to publishing and delivery.

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