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June 2019

Happy Friday, <<First Name>>!

Welcome to this month's newsletter! This month, you'll be hearing from Zel Iscel, another one of our very talented Usability Analysts.
 

Making forms e-accessible


Forms are an important way of getting information, and making your forms electronic can mean that more people will be able to complete them independently.
 
There are many things to consider when designing an accessible electronic form, but it is not a difficult task. In this article, I will briefly discuss the importance of being able to navigate and complete your form using a keyboard and the importance of labeling elements and controls on your form.
 
All the things that make up a web page - such as links, buttons, headings and images are referred to as elements. Form controls on the other hand, allow us to choose one or more items from a list, such as list boxes, date pickers in a calendar, or drop-down menus.
 
When you’re designing or amending a site with accessibility in mind, you need to firstly ensure that users can navigate around, and interact with your website, such as by completing forms, using the keyboard. This is not only useful for people who are blind or vision impaired, but also for people who may have physical impairments which renders them unable to use a mouse.
 
Without a mouse, the ‘tab’ key should allow the keyboard user to navigate the web page – go to links, buttons, form fields, etc. When we land on links, form fields, etc, screen reader users like me, should hear what the element is – button, form controls, text fields – and a description of what they do or require.
 
It is imperative to ensure that everything on your web page is labelled. Without a label, a screen reader user will not know what the link does or what information is required in a form field, or even what to select from.
 
Visually, the question being asked in a form, and which box the answer is to be written in, may be very clear. Additional information that is obvious to a visual user can be relayed to assistive technology using code  which will allow the screen reader user to get the information without affecting the sighted users’ experience
 
There is so much more to making your electronic forms accessible but keyboard navigation and use of appropriate HTML labels are a good start. You might not be a web developer or have any idea about how web sites are developed, however, I hope you can use the information above to begin instructing your site developers.

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Training or Certificate Course

We have had such positive results from our 5 week Certificate in Digital Accessibility that we are just finishing up for May next week. Are you interested in our next certificate course? Let us know so we can pop you on our list!

This certificate level program covers all major aspects of Digital Accessibility over five one-day sessions on consecutive weeks at ATI Mirage on Hay Street in the Perth CBD. Plus, ACS members receive a discount of $50 from the course cost and will receive 12 PD hours for the CT or CP levels.

We can also do customised training for your organisational needs! More details are available on our Training Page or you can contact us at training@webkeyit.com for cost and the discount rate for multiple participants from your organisation.

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We are now formally at the end of the financial year, and what a busy and productive year it has been!  We are looking forward to the coming year and I know that if we all continue to work as we’ve been this year, we will make it a more accessible place for everyone.
 
Best wishes,
Vivienne

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Monthly Perth Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup

18th of June, 2019

Dome Cafe

149 James Street, Northbridge WA

Read more about the Accessibility Meetup group


Disability at Work Conference

20th-21st of June, 2019

Adelaide, SA

More information about this event here
 

ACS WA State Conference

28th of June, 2019

Perth, WA

Register Here
 

AAATE 2019 Conference

27th-30th of August 2019

Bologna, Italy

More information here
 

OZeWAI 2019

Late November, 2019

Location TBC

More information here
 

Australian Access Awards

3rd of December 2019

Online

Nominations Close: Friday 30th August 2019

More information here
 

Australasian Conference on Information Systems

9th-11th of December, 2019

Fremantle, WA

Register Here

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If you haven't already, take a look at our Facebook page for daily updates and some excellent accessibility articles and resources, there really is a lot on there. We also have a Twitter feed, as well as LinkedIn. All these links are below for future reference, so have a click around, and share this with your friends. Keep an eye out for our new YouTube Channel being launched next month!!!

Please do remember to take a moment to look at our website and as always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and any feedback you may have!
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