63 episodes

Join Chad Chelius and Dax Castro (CHAX) as they chat about important document accessibility topics, trends and maybe even complain a little now and again.

A11y Podcast Dax Castro & Chad Chelius

    • Education

Join Chad Chelius and Dax Castro (CHAX) as they chat about important document accessibility topics, trends and maybe even complain a little now and again.

    Evaluating the Accessible User Experience

    Evaluating the Accessible User Experience

    Do you ask yourself "What do I want the end-user experience to be?" when designing your forms? What about the heading structure of your document? Chad and Dax take this episode to talk about what you should be asking and how your decisions impact the user's experience. We talk about forms, heading navigation, bookmarks, footnotes and endnotes, and even captions and where to put the accessible transcript when you have one. You definitely do not want to miss our discussion on the Shared Destinations bug in Adobe InDesign as well.

    • 30 min
    Building tables with accessibility in mind

    Building tables with accessibility in mind

    There are so many good nuggets of info in this podcast on tables! If you struggle with tables, you cannot miss this episode. I think the biggest takeaway was when we go over the process of table self-discovery:
    Why did I put this in here? What do I hope the user will get out of it? Am I presenting it in a way that meets my goal? Why am I presenting it this way? Why are there so many compartments in this table? Do not forget to listen to the end for the 50% off ONE DAY ONLY promo code for our Accessible Tables class that happens this Wednesday!

    • 34 min
    Interview: Large Healthcare org reveals their accessibility journey

    Interview: Large Healthcare org reveals their accessibility journey

    We are really excited to share this week's accessibility podcast with you. We interview Senior Creative Manager "Jason" from a large healthcare organization about 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. Jason relates the realities of this delicate balance to maximize productivity while ensuring compliance. You definitely do not want to miss this episode if you are struggling with the dilemma of workload, budget, and accessibility.

    • 48 min
    The Power of Accessible SVGs

    The Power of Accessible SVGs

    Accessible SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics) featuring Guest Heather Neff of Equivalent Design. If you have ever wanted to understand how smart SVG graphics can increase accessibility while maintaining brand style this is the podcast for you. Chad and Dax talk with Heather Neff about her goal to bring SVGs to the world "One graphic at a time." We talk about embedded alt-text and how WordPress now pulls description metadata straight from your images and how that can improve your search engine placement.

    • 43 min
    How do I hire more people with disabilities in my organization?

    How do I hire more people with disabilities in my organization?

    In this episode, Chad Chelius and Dax Castro talk about the difference in what you want and what you show as it relates to the idea of hiring more people with disabilities in your organization. We also discuss the article they wrote discussing why companies are turning to in-house accessibility remediation and compliance teams and the three common problems driving the decision.
    1. Outsourcing accessibility can be expensive
    2. Our workflow requires tight turnaround times
    3. New commitment DEI
    Other topics include the importance of workflow and QA/QC when dealing with non-native languages and Battling the excuse of "We don't have time..."

    • 37 min
    Accessible Forms - Circle gets a Square

    Accessible Forms - Circle gets a Square

    In this accessibility podcast, Chad Chelius and Dax Castro talk about common pitfalls in creating accessible PDF forms. We passionately discuss the merits of circles and squares related to checkboxes and radio buttons. We also share some great insights on our upcoming webinar Document Accessibility in Higher Education. Be sure to register on our website - Accessibilityunraveled.com.
    Other topics in this great podcast include:

    Your first blind student: Are you ready?
    Accessibility Workflow roadblocks in Higher Ed
    Register here: http://bit.ly/ChaxHE
    Creating Fillable PDF Forms 
    Why not just create an HTML form?
    Upcoming 3-hour class: Creating Fillable PDF Forms
    Register  http://bit.ly/ChaxClasses
    Adobe Fill and Sign: Access Denied for AT users
    The common pitfalls of creating forms
    The good and bad of Auto Detect Form Fields
    Auto Detect doesn't tag the fields
    Why you should start with a tagged document before adding form fields
    Why you should walk the tags tree after adding form fields
    Why squares and circles matter when creating forms
    Shortcomings of Indesign for Forms
    What is a Comb in a form?
    Complex Form Field Placeholders with Made to Tag
    InDesign Form Calculations with ID-extras.com
    Sharing the struggles in Excel for accessibility
    Accessing Higher Ground 2-day Secret Lab!
    Amplify for SMPS - AEC Accessibility

    • 34 min

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