ally palanzi

ally palanzi

washington, dc senior front-end engineer, vox media Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from Derrick S.

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to Mario Vasquez , Aug 31, 2016

    As a front-end developer, for testing accessibility, I always start with the tota11y bookmarklet. It's really intuitive to use and gives suggestions for fixes right within the page. I typically use this tool several times when building something and fix accessibility issues as I go. I'll regularly check with designers if there are any contrast issues so we can fix those together. Once the project is a little further along, I always test navigating the page with keyboard and then if I have time, a screen reader.

    The most important thing to keep in mind is to test things as you build them so it's not too overwhelming at the end to make updates.

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to Brian A. , Aug 31, 2016

    This is a great question! And also something we're still figuring out. Before we launch products, they generally go through testing from our Quality Assurance team. It's a work in progress right now, but in the future we're going to ensure that along with standard browser and device testing we also test for accessibility.

    We strive to treat accessibility just as any other function or feature that needs to be checked off before something can be launched. We've been doing accessibility best practice presentations to spread knowledge across teams to show that everyone is accountable.

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to Brian Evans , Aug 31, 2016

    Hi Brian!

    1. Text over an image is definitely tricky. I'm not sure of a formal way or tool for testing it, but what we've done is to try to pull out the dominant color in the image and compare that color with the text color to test contrast using a tool like Colour Contrast Analyser. We also will sometimes add a color overlay or drop shadow on the text to help with legibility. If the image is busy, especially on smaller screens, sometimes we even move the text off of the image.

    2. Not anything that I can think of right now, we included charting best practices in our guidelines so we hope to make them better in the future.

    3. One of the women who worked with us on these guidelines has a hearing disability, however, we haven't done any accessibility user testing yet.

    Thanks for the tip! We'll make a note to add that in.

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to Kieran Rheaume , Aug 31, 2016

    Thank you!

    Nothing that I can think of – we did a lot of research and tried to include all of the best practices. We try not to think of anything in regards to accessibility as an edge case because users may be "impaired" in certain contexts, situations, or periods in their lives, and still benefit from accessible products.

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  • Posted to AMA: Vox Product Accessibility Guidelines, in reply to Dirk HCM van Boxtel , Aug 31, 2016

    Thank you for the kind note!

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