Accessibility Podcast – Chax Chat

Building tables with accessibility in mind

By admin | August 1, 2022
There are so many good nuggets of info in this podcast on tables! If you struggle with accessible tables, you cannot miss this episode. I think the biggest takeaway was when we go over the process of table self-discovery. Do not forget to listen to the end for the 50% off ONE DAY (TODAY) ONLY promo code for our Accessible Tables class that happens this Wednesday!

Interview: Large Healthcare org reveals their accessibility journey

By admin | August 1, 2022
Senior Creative Manager Jason Wennet from a large healthcare organization shares the challenges of balancing accessibility and workload in his department. He talks about their initial journey, understanding the gaps, and how his team is leveraging accessibility Subject Matter Experts to bring their designs across the accessibility finish line.

Understanding The Power of Accessible SVGs

By admin | August 1, 2022
Accessible SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics) featuring Guest Heather Neff of Equivalent Design. Smart SVG graphics can increase accessibility while maintaining brand style this is the podcast for you.

Unique Struggles of Document Accessibility Amidst the COVID Pandemic

By admin | August 1, 2022
Listen to this week’s podcast to learn how to breakdown where you are now and how to get better in 2022. See Dax and Chads 10 Accessibility Areas of Growth and score yourself from 1 to 10 in each of these areas to know where you need to grow in 2022. Then develop a game plan to improve in those areas and re-evaluate yourself every 3 months to keep accountable.

Effective Accessibility Goal Setting for 2022

By admin | August 1, 2022
Listen to this week’s podcast to learn how to breakdown where you are now and how to get better in 2022. See Dax and Chads 10 Accessibility Areas of Growth and score yourself from 1 to 10 in each of these areas to know where you need to grow in 2022. Then develop a game plan to improve in those areas and re-evaluate yourself every 3 months to keep accountable.

How to Automate Alt-text Descriptions for Quicker Accessibility

By admin | August 1, 2022
Chad and Dax talk about ways to speed up alt-text description input. Learn some new ways to embed alt-text into your images and figures to shorten the process of creating accessible documents.

Accessibility Careers: What you need to know

By admin | August 1, 2022
his week Chad and I take a look at the roles companies are hiring for in the field of accessibility.

We talk about:
• The skills they are looking for
• Certifications you should have
• The responsibilities of the roles
• The salaries being offered
• The future of accessibility roles in the workplace

Accessibility Testing with a Screen Reader for Tables

By admin | August 1, 2022
Chad and I discuss how to test tables with screen readers to ensure usability as well as accessibility compliance.Be sure to catch our discussion on false positives and our shortcut keys for silencing your screen reader during testing.

Surprising Accessibility Conference Feedback from CEO David Blatner

By admin | August 1, 2022
It was so amazing to be able to talk to Adobe Director of Engineering in Document Cloud about the development of Liquid Mode for accessibility inside Acrobat. Listen in as we talk about the evolution and development of this great PDF advancement that benefits everyone.

Insights from Adobe on improved mobile accessibility

By admin | August 1, 2022
It was so amazing to be able to talk to Adobe Director of Engineering in Document Cloud about the development of Liquid Mode for accessibility inside Acrobat. Listen in as we talk about the evolution and development of this great PDF advancement that benefits everyone.

Deeper Dive into the Preflight Panel for Accessibility

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join Dax Castro and Chad Chelius as they reveal their favorite accessibility fixups in the Adobe Acrobat Preflight Panel and a few alternatives for multi-line hyperlinks. Stay tuned for our unique opinions on the Preflight Fixup for “Creating Content for Link Annotations” and why they are important. And of course make sure you do not miss this episode’s “Who’s on Twitter” from Kenya.

Heading Pitfalls, MS Office Bug and Free Accessibility Script

By admin | August 1, 2022
Check out this episode where we reveal a newly discovered bug in the latest release of MS Office plugin for Adobe Acrobat Export PDF. Chad and I also talk about the typical pitfalls of pasting content from one document to another and how phantom heading tags can be misapplied. Hear our best practices for walking the tags tree and why you can forget dealing with those pesky span tags. Be sure to tune in so you can get the FREE InDesign Accessibility Tool Chad just developed! Do things like check for document title, assign alt-text and automatically map heading structures from your styles panel. You definitely want to hear him tell you all about it in this episode!

Table Summaries and Formatting Accessible Tables with Complex headers

By admin | August 1, 2022
Take a deep dive into the world of accessible tables with Chad and I. We cover blank cells, cell structure and where MS Word falls short. We also discuss why table summaries are not required to meet accessibility standards anywhere. To be fair, we also mention they still improve accessibility. Join us as we spiral down the hole of table formatting and what makes a table accessible this week on Chax Chat where we unravel accessibility for you.

Acrobat Action Wizard and Dealing with Scanned Content

By admin | August 1, 2022
In this accessibility podcast Chad and I discuss the merits of the Adobe Acrobat Action Wizard for accessibility and when you should and shouldn’t use it. We also talk about dealing with making scanned documents accessible using Acrobat as well as advanced options like Abbyy Fine Reader. You definitely want to stick around to find out Who’s on Twitter. This episode’s feature comes from Scotland!

Guest Guy van der Kolk: Document accessibility automation and the journey of mastering accessibility

By admin | August 1, 2022
Chad and I talked with Typefi Product Manager Guy van der Kolk about large-scale document automation and the journey of mastering accessibility. This episode is jam packed with accessibility tips and inspirational hope for those who are new to accessibility.

Guest Leonard Rosenthol: PDF/UA-2, Deep Fake Document Detection, and Acrobat Liquid Mode

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join Chad and Dax as they interview Senior Principal Scientist Leonard Rosenthol at Adobe about new advancements in document integrity and the Content Authenticity Initiative. We discuss the real reason the Read Order panel exists and the amazing advancement in Acrobat Mobile’s Liquid Mode. You definitely do not want to miss this episode where we discuss the merits of the PDF/UA identifier and how you can give your feedback to the PDF Association directly.

Guest Adam Spencer: Large-scale accessibility, PDF Association, the AxesPDF table editor and overcoming bad design for accessibility

By admin | August 1, 2022
Chad Chelius and I take an opportunity to talk to Adam Spencer, CEO of AbleDocs about large-scale document accessibility, being a member of the PDF Association and the struggles of overcoming bad design for improved accessibility. 

Guest Colleen Gratzer: Accessibility Roadblocks

By admin | August 1, 2022
Listen in as Chad Chelius and I talk to our guest Colleen Gratzer of Gratzer Graphics and Design Domination Podcast. We discuss common roadblocks when talking with clients about accessibility and how to navigate through things like changing colors for compliance and using tools like color.adobe.com, bulleted lists and the proper way to map and use styles.

Accessibility Scripts and Tools for Acrobat and InDesign

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join Chad and I as we review several accessibility scripts and tools for Acrobat and Adobe InDesign you should be using when you need to remediate documents or edit the source files. Do not miss our review section on WCAG 1.4.1 Color only as well. There are some tips and tricks in there you should know.

Understanding Accessibility Guidelines: WCAG, PDF/UA, Matterhorn Protocol

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join Chad and I as we talk about what’s new in WCAG 2.1. This information-packed episode covers several different accessibility standards documents you should be referencing like the Matterhorn Protocol, Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide, ISO-32000-1, ISO 14289-1 and PDF/UA. Make sure you don’t miss our discussion about the myths about minimum font size and the upcoming mobile accessibility advancement- Adobe PDF Liquid Mode.

Guest Dr. Chris Law – Web Accessibility, Cognitive Disability and Predictive Text

By admin | August 1, 2022
We loved having Dr. Chris M. Law last week so much that we invited him back this week. Join us as we talk about Web Accessibility, Cognitive Disability and Predictive Text. 

Guest Dr. Chris Law – VPATs, Risk and Accountability

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join us for our special guest Dr. Chris Law as we discuss the validity of VPATs, What they are and how they are used. We take a deeper look at testing methods and WebAIM’s statistics on screen reader usage. We also discuss the ethics surrounding the question of “Who is checking anyway?” and what are the risks of non-compliance. Chris also shares some great resources on how to start the discussion of accessibility within your organization.

Guest Victoria Richards – Crafting better alt-text

By admin | August 1, 2022
This week’s podcast guest is Victoria Richards. We chat with her about alt-text best practices and methods for accessibility testing and we learn how she played a role in Chad Chelius’ entrance into document accessibility. Come hear the full story.

Guest Philipp Carlucci and Accessible Tactile Comics

By admin | August 1, 2022
This week we interview Philipp Carlucci about his tactile comic project. It is fascinating. You definitely do not want to miss this episode! Our Who’s on Twitter profile is AbleGamers. Tune in to hear about their amazing non-profit.

Defining the user experience, color contrast and accessible maps

By admin | August 1, 2022
This week Chad and I spend some time to talk about accessible maps. We cover some great topics like defining the expected user experience, non-text color contrast, the use of color only, how to make complex maps more accessible and what to do with heatmaps and other non-traditional graphics with a few different approaches. If you struggle with maps, be sure to check out his episode. 

Guest Paul Rayius, common remediation struggles, testing with a screen reader

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join us this week as we talk to Paul Rayius Vice President of Training at CommonLook as we talk about the most common struggles of remediators, why testing methods matter when testing with a screen reader and how a band teacher found his way to the world of accessibility. There is also a great self-help download from our spotlight “Who’s on Twitter” this week. You do not want to miss this episode.

3 Ways to Artifact and Shortcut keys for Accessibility you should know

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join Chad Chelius and me Dax Castro as we reveal several different accessibility shortcut key combos that will help speed up your remediation and even one key that Mac users don’t have. Be sure to listen in as we discuss 3 different ways to artifact objects in a PDF and one way you definitely want to avoid! 

Guest Charissa Ramirez, Accessible PDF vs. HTML, and accessibility advice

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join us this week where our guest Charissa Ramirez, Policy Officer at the New South Wales Department of Customer Service as we discuss PDF vs HTML, designing with accessibility in mind and hear her accessibility journey and advice for those just starting on the path of accessibility. This week sponsor is CommonLook and we thank them for their support.

PAC 2021 upcoming release, accessibility events and complex menus

By admin | August 1, 2022
In this episode we discuss complex navigation menus in a PDF and defining the expected user experience with the client and we talk about the upcoming release of PAC 2021 for MAC and PC!!! Do not forget “Who’s on Twitter?” This week we reveal a very useful twitter profile if you are interested in keeping up on speaking events related to accessibility.

Order Panel versus Layer Panel, Actual Text and blind gaming

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join us this week where we talk about the Order panel versus the Layer panel and what to use, when. We also bring up an important point about Actual Text and how you can unintentionally misuse it. Our “Who’s on Twitter Spotlight” features a blind World of Warcraft player and our sponsor this episode is CommonLook. You do not want to miss this episode!

Alternate Text and the Little Book of Accessibility

By admin | August 1, 2022
Join us this week where we take a deep dive into Alternate text and how to approach it in several ways and talk about the little book of accessibility. This podcast sponsored by CommonLook.

Be My Eyes, Creative Pro Week and Loo Bell Woo!

By admin | August 1, 2022
This week we talk about Be My Eyes.com, some great movies starring people with disabilities as well as the great content in our upcoming sessions for Creative Pro Week. Listen in and see who is on Twitter this week to hear who is loo bell woo!

Guest: Whitney Quesenbery author of “A Web for Everyone”

By admin | August 1, 2022
Alright guys, welcome to another episode of Chax Chat. I’m here with Chad Chelius, and we have a special guest today, Whitney Quesenbery, who happens to be the co-author of “A Web For Everyone” and she now runs the Center for Civic Design. Whitney, welcome to the program. We wanted to have Whitney on as a guest because one of the things that is interesting is, you know, with accessibility being promoted in a lot of companies right now, you know, fighting that pushback of when do you start accessibility?

Guest: Sheri Byrne-Haber on starting an accessibility program in your organization

By admin | August 1, 2022
This week, we are excited because we have a very special guest. So Sheri Byrne-Haber is someone that I have been following for a long time on Medium and she and I have become friends on LinkedIn. I look forward to her articles, they are always so great. Sherry is an accessibility architect with VMware. And I’m really happy to introduce Sherry to you here today at Chax Chat. So Sheri, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Accessibility Tools in PDF Preflight Fixups and Made to Tag plugin for InDesign

By admin | August 1, 2022
In this episode we cover PDF Preflight Fixups. Accessibility quick fixes you might not have ever known was there. We also talk about a great plugin for InDesign called Made to Tag by Axaio that helps export compliant tables right from InDesign.

Jose Martinez of the Lighthouse for the Blind talks about Alt-text for Hyperlinks and forms mode for screen readers

By admin | August 1, 2022
Listen to our guest speaker, Jose Martinez of the Lighthouse for the Blind as he talks about his experience with forms and the problems with forms mode. We also talk about alt-text on hyperlinks and why they are important. It’s our fourth podcast and we’re getting a lot of good feedback, which is exciting and, you know, just really enjoying creating these podcasts and getting the word out getting people’s feedback.

Why multiple H1 tags is okay, colorblind friendly color palettes and usability vs compliance

By admin | August 1, 2022
Topics for this episode include the use of multiple H1 tags, Adobe Color for colorblind friendly palettes, usability vs code compliance. Alright guys, welcome to Episode Two. Alright, Chad, welcome to Episode Three. This has been great, really awesome. The feedback on the episodes has been great. And and I think, you know…

Apple VoiceOver, Heading Structure and Foreign Language Codes

By admin | August 1, 2022
Topics for this episode include Apple VoiceOver, Heading Structure and Foreign Language Codes. Alright guys, welcome to Episode Two. Right. So here we are, again, Chad, Another week, another set of topics, another great set of information to talk about. So I think, how’d you think last week when I thought it went pretty well?

Microsoft’s not-an-Artifact tag, Go-to Accessibility Tools and methods for Testing for A11y compliance

By admin | August 1, 2022
Topics for this episode includes the not-an-Artifact tag, Go-to Accessibility Tools and methods for Testing for compliance. Welcome to another episode of Chax Chat. Join Chad Chelius and me, Dax Castro, where each week we wax poetic about document accessibility topics, tips, and the struggle of remediation and compliance. So sit back, grab your favorite mug of whatever. And let’s get started.

How to handle blank data cells in accessible tables

By admin | July 25, 2022
This is a question that has been asked quite a bit over the past few months. “How do I handle blank cells in my tables?” The answer is two-fold. There are blank data cells and blank heading cells. Each requires…