About Becka11y

Web Accessibility Consultant with 30+ years in the software industry and 12+ years of direct accessibility innovation.

A11y Win – Safari 11 Blocks autoplay video

I hate autoplay videos on web sites. Sometimes it is difficult to sort out which visual “thing” is playing since some sites contain so many advertisements. And while I am annoyed at this auditory intrusion, it can affect people with disabilities more severely. In addition to being difficult to find, many of these videos are […]

Empathy and Leadership

In May I attended and spoke at the John Slatin AccessU Conference sponsored by Knowbility. My good friend and retired IBM colleague, Richard Schwerdtfeger, was the keynote speaker. Rich was the Chief Technology Officer of Accessibility for the IBM Software group. He gave a great talk on “Empathy and Leadership, Where have they gone?” Rich […]

Screen Reader Support for new HTML5 Section Elements

Introduction I will be giving a talk at John Slatin AccessU on May 9, 2016 on HTML5 Accessibility. I will be discussing the new elements in HTML5 that help to support better accessibility. I was doing some research on how well some of these elements are supported by the various screen readers and thought I […]

Creating and Editing Captions

This is the fourth in a series of posts about Capturing and Captioning a Screen Reader Demo. I should start by saying that there is a difference between captions and subtitles although the terms are often interchanged. Subtitles just provide the actual spoken text while captions provide a thorough description of all of the sounds […]