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Accessibility: Website Creation and Auditing Part 2 of 3

April 17, 2018

The website is built!  The graphics, videos and audio content are engaging! You are ready to launch! You have a nagging feeling that you forgot something… What did you forget? Did you remember to ensure all the components are accessible to an assistive reader? Yes, that’s it! If you have […]

Accessibility: Website Creation and Auditing Part 1 of 3

April 17, 2018

In previous articles, I have covered topics such as downloadable content, computer languages, automation and testing. All these activities are equally important. Testing or auditing your site is imperative to keep it functioning as planned and allowing for accessibility. Auditing is essential to a website. There are several components that […]

Website Accessibility: Learning the Languages

April 17, 2018

Learning the Languages When making websites accessible for assistive readers such as NVDA or JAWS, it is very helpful to know or at least understand computer languages.  Websites use a language that the machine understands. A developer or programmer can tell the machine what they would like it to do. […]

Focusing on the Right Stuff During Your Job Search

April 11, 2018

Looking for a new job in today’s market is competitive and challenging to say the least. There are several minor things people overlook.  Making a few adjustments are the difference in landing the interview and the job itself, or not.  Take these suggestions to heart. They will impact your ability […]

Goals for Your Business: Accessibility

April 11, 2018

Goals: Vision, Hearing, Fine Motor Skills Accessibility for individuals with vision, hearing, color-blindness, or fine motor skill impairments is obtainable. To accomplish accessibility goals, it may require a few simple changes or a complete make-over. To start, test and see what needs to be done. Start by making assessments. Meaning […]

Accessibility: Delivering the Message on Facebook

April 11, 2018

Many companies utilize Facebook (FB) as a marketing tool.  Recently FB changed its algorithms.  This has become frustrating for businesses who utilize FB as a deliverable platform. The algorithms have caused decreased visibility when posting business advertisements or responding to customer inquiries. What starts on Facebook affects other social media […]

Pearl Received the Quality Service Provider Award!

April 2, 2018

Pearl Interactive Network, Inc. announced originally in December of 2017 that it was recognized by General Dynamics Information Technology as a high-performing small subcontractor for their technical effort and performance during the past year. The General Dynamics Information Technology Quality Service Provider (QSP) Program uses an established quality rating system […]

Accessibility: What is a PDF and How is it Used?

March 26, 2018

What is a PDF? A PDF, (Portable Document File) is a type of file that is self-contained. Meaning that it will look the same on a computer screen or printed on paper.  The PDF format is very helpful when making documents accessible, because it is highly compressed, yet readable no […]

Accessibility: Regulations and the Withdrawal of Proposed Rules

March 20, 2018

Regulations and the Withdrawal of Proposed Rules Recently, there has been much discussion among the disability community regarding the withdrawal of proposed rules by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the A.D.A. Two of the four proposed withdrawals may have a significant impact on disabled individuals and particularly those that […]

Accessibility: Choosing a Vendor

March 14, 2018

Choosing a Vendor: Many companies are starting to realize that promoting 508 compliances within their organizations is advantageous for business communications. It allows reaching a larger audience AND avoids potential legal complications.  Selecting a vendor is a critical step.  Here are a few helpful suggestions for a starting point. Deciding […]

Accessibility: Developing Content

February 28, 2018

All my articles share a common trait… They all refer to utilizing accessibility tools and following guidelines from W3C to help keep content available to an assistive reader or utilizing captioning or audio descriptions. But what about the actual content, that is the message itself that is being communicated? Writing […]

Accessibility: Inclusive Design

February 20, 2018

Starting with “Inclusive Design” in Mind When considering all the various points of accessibility; navigation, transcripts, descriptions and so forth, it is even more sensible to include these aspects when planning a document, video or other material. Being proactive with WCAG points when creating materials with accessibility as a key […]

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