Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Open Q&A Session on the Revised 508 Standards, April 30

Last updated: April 2, 2019

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From: United States Access Board [email hidden; JavaScript is required]

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The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place April 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and provide an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the Access Board on the revised Section 508 Standards. The 508 Standards apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector such as computers, telecommunications equipment, printers, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Questions are welcome on all sections of the standards, including application and scoping, functional performance criteria, hardware and software requirements, support documentation and services, and referenced standards. Access Board ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to the Board's activities on accessible ICT.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. They can also pose questions during the live webinar. This session will be helpful to anyone involved in complying with the 508 Standards or interested in ICT accessibility. Join us for a lively and informative discussion.

For more details or to register for this free webinar, visit www.accessibilityonline.org.
Note: Rescheduled from January as a result of the government shut down. Previously registered users do not need to register again.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

Section 508 Best Practices: Open Q&A Session on the Revised 508 Standards
When: April 30, 2019, 1:00- 2:30 (ET) Add to Calendar

Presenters:

  • Bruce Bailey, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Boardr
  • Timothy Creagan, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Katherine Eng, ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Registration: www.accessibilityonline.org
Note: Registration closes 24 hours before the start of the session. Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent by email to registered individuals in advance of the session. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Video Sign Language Interpreters are available for each session and will be broadcast through the webinar platform. A telephone option (not toll-free) for receiving audio is also available.

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series Schedule: www.accessibilityonline.org

The issues with CAPTCHA

Last updated: May 28, 2016

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Back in 2009, we published a post called "New Logical Captcha Plugins for WordPress". One of those plugins is no longer available. Since 2009 there have been many articles and discussions about using CAPTCHA and new plugins developed for preventing spam. Those maintaining websites need to prevent damage to their sites due to unwanted spam, yet these prevention methods often keep out legitimate site visitors, too.

We collected a list of a few articles and discussions about the issues with CAPTCHA. If you have slapped a CAPTCHA solution onto your site without considering what problems you might be causing legitimate visitors, you really need to take some time to read and learn from these articles. Note that many of them include even more links about the challenges. Kudos to the people working to resolve this long-standing problem with security solutions blocking legitimate visitors. There is still lots of work to do, so please consider sharing your knowledge or experience in the comments.

Articles and Discussions

Plugins

Here is a list of some plugins that claim to be accessible or user-friendly. Based on some of the discussions in the previous list, none of them are perfect solutions. Some claim to avoid issues for one disability, yet they still have issues for other disabilities. For example, do the logic-based tests consider issues with cognitive or learning disabilities? Let us know what you are using these days and why. [Someone once suggested an accessible slider as part of a CAPTCHA solution, but we couldn’t find that link. Please share it in the comments if you know what happened to that project.]

Compare fonts for use on your website

Last updated: January 14, 2019

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Will the fonts that you chose for your website appear as you expect them to when viewed on someone else's computer? This is another one of those tiny things that can make a big difference when evaluating the accessibility of your website.

We put together a font comparison table on our accessibility page back when we first made this site. We wanted to show examples of readable and unreadable onscreen fonts to demonstrate the importance of font readability. Now we put the pages into their own blog post for easier sharing.

The first table of font readability comparisons is text-only. Note that fonts that aren't installed on your computer will be shown as the default font that you've set for your computer. For those of you who don't have all the fonts installed on your computer, the second table is a graphic version of the same table made from screen-capture images to show what the actual fonts look like if they were installed on your computer and how they will look on a user's computer who does have them installed.

Font readability comparisons as text-only

Note:  All fonts in the table are the same font-weight setting and proportional font-size (96%).

Font Readability Comparisons

Table contents

The first column shows clear onscreen fonts and the second column shows fonts that are hard to read onscreen.

Clear Onscreen Readable Fonts Hard to Read Onscreen Fonts
Montserrat
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Baskerville
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Open Sans
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Minion Pro
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
LeagueGothic
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Copperplate
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Helvetica
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Garamond
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Helvetica Neue
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Times
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Trebuchet MS
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Times New Roman
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Verdana
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
New York
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Comic Sans MS (good for dyslexic users)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Monotype Corsiva
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Lucida Sans
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Book Antiqua / Palatino
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Lucida Grande
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Futura
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Chalkboard
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Impact
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Sans-Serif
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Serif
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Arial
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Bookman Old Style
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Univers
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Bodoni BT
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Georgia
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Century Schoolbook
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Andale Mono
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Monospace
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Tahoma (monospace font)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Courier (monospace font)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Monaco (monospace font)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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!@#$%&*()+-";:?/<>’ ®™©=^äéëïöüñ~±
Courier New (monospace font)
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
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Font readability comparisons in a graphic

Note:  All fonts in the table are the same font-weight setting and proportional font-size (96%).

Graphic version of the [font comparison table] for those who don't have the fonts on their computer.

More links about fonts and font sizes

For additional information, check out the following links:

If you have additional tips and tricks for good readable fonts on the web, share them in the comments.