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Got a topic you'd like to discuss at this meeting? Let us know!

Or feel free to bring any web projects you’d like evaluated from an accessibility perspective or topics that are on your mind to the meeting! (Please send us URLs for web sites/applications in advance so we can be prepared to discuss any issues or questions.)

One topic has been submitted so far, but we'll still have time to discuss additional topics:

Repeated items in document header/footer

Amber Dunse would like to discuss how to handle repeated items in the header or footer of a document, for example a repeated Block I. After the first use, should it be marked as decorative on subsequent pages? Is there anything else to know about handling items in the header and footer of a document?

Dick Detzner developed the mechanism for building the flipbook for the Illini Success 2022-23 Annual Report within the Illini Success website. This flip-book style site was not converted from a PDF; rather, it was created directly on the web using Drupal editing tools. It’s a single-page experience meant to approximate the feel of flipping through a booklet. Here are some key points about this implementation:

  • The site uses the Illinois Framework developed by the WIGG group
  • The flipbook makes use of a content type called Flipbook, which uses any of the paragraph types available in the framework
  • The display is basically a heavily modified carousel, using the Drupal Slick Carousel module and a Drupal view
  • Dick kept extensive notes and copies of the templates, Views settings, CSS, and JS, which he would be happy to share

In Dick’s testing, it seems to navigate fairly well with a keyboard, but he’d like additional input and feedback on the site. Join us to take a look at this real-world effort to make a non-PDF flipbook-style site!

We’re always looking for websites and topics to discuss! Email us any time and we’ll add your site/topic to the agenda for an upcoming meeting.

Got a topic you'd like to discuss at this meeting? Let us know!

Or feel free to bring any web projects you’d like evaluated from an accessibility perspective or topics that are on your mind to the meeting! (Please send us URLs for web sites/applications in advance so we can be prepared to discuss any issues or questions.)

One topic has been submitted so far, but we'll still have time to discuss additional topics:

Infographics

Hadi Rangin would like to discuss how the use of infographics affects users with disabilities. He may share some examples he's come across recently, and would welcome others to share examples they've come across.

Topic 1: JavaScript Image Cropping

Jim Wilson would like feedback on the image cropping feature in WebTools. He put together an image cropping demo we can use as a basis for our discussion.

Topic 2: leveraging assistive listening systems for audio description transmission/reception

Bob Dignan would like to discuss leveraging assistive listening systems for audio description transmission/reception – for example, in performance venues like Krannert or a movie theater/auditorium. Campus Instructional Facility has a system installed from Listen Everywhere, and Wymer Hall is planning to use this system for its assistive listening solution across the building. These are promising developments for accessibility in these spaces, but Bob is interested in discussing additional considerations for these types of systems, and would like help teasing out even more dimensions to his inquiry into how these spaces can best support everyone.

A student group named incluSITE is working on a project to increase web accessibility for users with visual impairments. At the CodeAda hackathon hosted by Women in Computer Science (WCS) last October, they leveraged the WAVE API to identify web accessibility issues in high-traffic federal websites; in their research, they found 965 individual web accessibility issues over 224 federal websites. As they continue this project in the DevAda program, they are interested in learning more about web accessibility. Their current goals are to develop a database of website accessibility statistics and provide alternatives to inaccessible sites. In the long run, they hope to create a tool that can improve a website's accessibility by automating some tasks like adding captions and ARIA.

They will join Explore with Hadi this month to get some insight on their project and currently available technologies for making websites screen reader friendly. Join us for a chat with a group of students seeking to help make the web more accessible!