April 8, 2014
I just wanted to file this short post today to let everyone know that last weekend we completed an initiative to ensure that Indie Theater Now is fully accessible to users. We studied the requirements of New York State law and the federal "Section 508" compliance guidelines -- all of which are intended to help create websites that are usable by folks with different abilities, such as those who are visually impaired, have difficulties using a mouse, etc.
Based on all of this, we identified a few changes that we needed to make to Indie Theater Now -- mostly related to how images are handled by screen reader software, along with some other items related to forms and tables -- and on Sunday I implemented all of them. Thanks to a handy tool called WAVE, we were able to test ITN and it appears that there are no errors on the site at this point.
It's important, though, to get actual feedback from folks who access our site's resources in alternative ways (such as by using screen reader devices, or solely through the keyboard rather than with a mouse). So if you are one of those people, please take a moment and check out ITN and let me know if you come across anything that is difficult or problematic. As I say, we think we've got everything covered, but some "field reports" would be ever so helpful! Just tool around http://www.indietheaternow.com and send me any feedback. Thanks in advance!