Communication Standards Podcast: Alt Text

clock August 24, 2010 11:43
The third podcast in the "Introduction to Standards" podcast series has been released! This episode covers a topic that everyone who has ever done work on the Web should be familiar with: Alt text! [More]

Simplifying the Way You Link to Files

clock August 16, 2010 19:13
In order to comply with Section 508, EERE has always had a standard formula for linking to PDFs: "Name of File (PDF XX KB). Download Adobe Reader." We have similar standards for linking to native files—or, basically, every other file you can link to. In general, these requirements were made to ensure we provided the necessary plug-ins for our users. [More]

How to Use DOE's YouTube Channel on your Sites

clock August 6, 2010 15:47
We've recently revamped our video standards to better help you with some of the big questions about hosting and embedding videos. [More]

A Reminder of Why We Make Multimedia Accessible

clock October 23, 2009 16:22
Considering all the other things we all have on our plates, the extra steps that it takes to make a video, Flash animation, or audio file accessible can feel tedious.

But adding captions or writing a text version is one of those subtle-but-crucial tasks, because it's how we make multimedia files accessible. And "Accessible," in this case, means making your content available to people who may have trouble using your content in the "traditional" way—which includes people with visual, aural, cognitive, or physical challenges. [More]

Parking Lot Questions: PowerPoint Files, Subheaders for Text Versions

clock May 26, 2009 18:30
As I mentioned last week, I'm going to answer a few of the questions that were asked during the April 30 Web Coordinators Workshop every week until we get through the list.

This week I'm going to answer two more of the questions from the "parking lot" that we didn't have time to answer during the already busy afternoon. Here's what I'm going to cover:

  • What do you do when you have a PowerPoint file to post? How do you make that accessible?

  • Should subheaders be used in text versions?