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    • Accessibility Overlays in websites: Pros and Cons What are accessibility overlays? - Accessibility overlays is a plug-in tool ‘that detects accessibility issues directly on a webpage and tries to ‘repair’ them in real-time, instead of inside of the web code. “Typically, you’ll get a snippet of JavaScript code to plug into your website, which will then try to automatically fix accessibility issues in the background as the page loads.” - Accessibility overlays are marketed to ‘instantly make all necessary repairs on your website and help your Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) problems disappear.’ Why are they bad? - They don’t properly solve for accessibility. And to improve digital accessibility is to actually do the work required. - The plug-in tool has inadequacies by applying automatic fixes to the issues detected, theirs also risks in breaking the website’s user interface. - Overlays don’t address your Mobile properties. - Overlays also inhabit no control over the speed or security of the website, which could result in being hacked. What is the best solution? - ‘To achieve WCAG is to do the work, complete an automated and manual audit of your site and address all accessibility issues you uncover at their core. Can also mean updating your content and code.’ For more resources: https://www.essentialaccessibility.com/blog/the-many-pitfalls-of-accessibility-overlays https://www.essentialaccessibility.com/blog/wcag-22-aa-summary-and-checklist-for-website-owners " rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://www.accessibility.works/blog/avoid-accessibility-overlay-tools-toolbar-plugins/

      Started by: melissa_sainz (Fellow) in: Ask Your Question about Digital Accessibility and Inclusion

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    • Tactile interactives and accessibility Question: We have tactile interactives in some of our new exhibits; is there a recommended way to sort of alert people with limited or no vision that they are there? (For now, unfortunately, they have been uninstalled due to COVID but they will hopefully be back eventually). Answer: Think about implementing inclusive design throughout your museum as it will not only benefit visitors with limited or no vision or other disabilities but will benefit all visitors to the museum. For example, audio guides have been implemented at places such as the Andy Warhol Museum through audio recordings made available via a mobile app that utilizes location recognition software to alert visitors to various aspects of the museum and tactile exhibits as they navigate the museum and individual exhibits. In this particular example, guided tactile descriptions and tactile reproduction have been found to be most helpful for visitors who are blind or have low vision but enhance gallery experience for all visitors. Furthermore, be proactive and make sure that your institution has a website with updated information that is easy to find and clear for those who have questions about accessibility. This will present another opportunity to let all potential visitors know what interactives are available in the museum and how accessible they are. Source: Inclusive Digital Interactives: Best Practices and Research. Smithsonian Press, 2020. https://access.si.edu/sites/default/files/inclusive-digital-interactives-best-practices-research.pdf This is a wonderful resource of case studies that highlight best practices in inclusive design which highlights digital interactives. Other helpful sources: Roberto Vaz, Paula Odete Fernandes, Ana Cecília Rocha Veiga. Designing an Interactive Exhibitor for Assisting Blind and Visually Impaired Visitors in Tactile Exploration of Original Museum Pieces. Procedia Computer Science, Volume 138, 2018, Pages 561-570, ISSN 1877-0509, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2018.10.076. See also “Revisiting Touch in Pandemic Year Two” blog post & linked paper by Cheryl Fogle-Hatch (who was cited in at least one of the webinars in this module, I believe) https://museumsenses.org/revisiting-touch-in-pandemic-year-two/

      Started by: thwoods in: Ask Your Question about Digital Accessibility and Inclusion

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