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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
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

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.

    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
    What does it mean to be an Accessibility Advocate?

    What does it mean to be an Accessibility Advocate?

    In this accessibility podcast, Chad Chelius and Dax Castro discuss what it actually means to be an accessibility advocate. Accessibility is piled on to most people's workload. However, taking a personal interest in digital accessibility usually takes hold after your first few months. But what does that really mean? What is the difference between being a remediator and an advocate? What do you do when there is pushback from your company? From a vendor? From your department? These can be tricky situations. 
     

    • 34 min
    Is "Just email us for an accessible version." Pass or Fail?

    Is "Just email us for an accessible version." Pass or Fail?

    This episode has lots of great tidbits but there are two standout sections of this podcast. We talk about the merits of an untagged PDF document that links to an HTML alternate version or to an email address. Is this an acceptable practice? We debate both sides. Listen in because I think you will very surprised when we tell you which agency is doing this. 
    We also talk about Table structure and how the PDF/UA standard can help you understand if your tables need scope. 

    • 40 min
    Guest James Warnken: Screen Readers versus Magnifiers

    Guest James Warnken: Screen Readers versus Magnifiers

    In this episode we are joined by accessibility advocate, blogger and TikTok personality James Warnken. We discuss James' new blog post:"Screen Magnifiers are no longer the option for low vision users." As a low-vision AT user, James shares with us his findings when he asked his TikTok audience what technology they use most. His answers are definitely insightful.

    • 41 min
    Chax Training and Consulting Launches!

    Chax Training and Consulting Launches!

    Chad and Dax have joined force to use their  accessibility superpowers for good! Please listen to our exciting announcement in this special short podcast episode. We talk about the upcoming online training "Document Testing with a Screen Reader" and all the exciting new features of the site including how you can book our time to solve those one-off problems in our booking calendar.  If you register early you can save $75 off our first two classes and get 20% off your next one!

    • 12 min
    Tables, Captions, Figures and Footnotes...Oh My!

    Tables, Captions, Figures and Footnotes...Oh My!

    In this podcast Chad and I talk about turning the InDesign limitations of exporting Caption Tags into a benefit. 
    We also explore some alternate presentations to bar charts and how to deal with banks of images labeled by a single figure title. We also review two different references in the 14289-1 PDF/UA standard and how they apply to footnotes and figured. Be sure to stick around for our discussion on how solving one accessibility barrier can create another!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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Samsantabarbara ,

Accessible Tables styles

I’m trying everything I can think of to put a nested or 2 separate paragraph styles in one cell. However when I do this I get an override. I’m not sure how to add regular text, with indented bullets, two separate type bullets and make it work in a cell without an override. Is a grep or nested the only solution?

Thanks I love your podcast!

adri_grace ,

My learning edge

As a relative newbie to the digital accessibility world, I find every episode expands on something I’ve heard before and adds so much more. Thanks Chad and Dax for putting all your energy and knowledge into those of us just starting this journey.

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