Accessibility

As a contractor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) communications department, I follow accessibility guidelines for web site development. For instance, there are guidelines for coding tables, alt text, PDFs, image maps, native file asset metadata, color contrast, and video captioning.

NREL has their own standards and they often defer to the standards established by the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) or the Department of Energy (DOE), and all must comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

My experience with accessibility in web sites:

  • I listen to sites using NVDA during technical quality analysis, and I've had exposure to JAWS and WindowEyes
  • I can create .vtt captioning files for videos
  • I use headers and IDs in complex tables
  • I can add tags to PDFs and set reading order
  • Intermediate understanding of the use of ARIA tags
  • I have interviewed low-vision and blind users about their preferences for site features and for assistive technologies
  • I attended an accessibility seminar during the summer 2016 Denver Startup Week
  • I chose the topic of accessibility for a university term paper in 2016
  • I completed Lynda.com's UX Accessibility Principles course in 2015
  • I completed Lynda.com's Web Accessibility Principles course in 2011