Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 & the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards (March 28)

The next webinar in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series will take place March 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 (ET) and will cover the updated Section 508 Standards and their application of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to websites, electronic documents, and software. Presenters will review WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements and explain how they are applied by the refreshed 508 Standards. They will also address use of WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria for both web and non-web technologies, available resources for testing and verifying accessibility according to WCAG 2.0, and other topics.

For more details or to register for this or other webinars in the free series, visit

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

Section 508 Best Practices: WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards
March 28, 2017, 1:00- 2:30 (ET) Add to Calendar
• Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board
• Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board
• Earlene Sesker, Training Coordinator, U.S. Access Board (moderator)
• Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, HHS (moderator)

Redundant Acronym Phrases (RAP) Project

2011-4 parrot in Strasbourg
Nandy Parakeet by J. Patrick Fischer (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes you can find useful technical communication information in the most unlikely places. The RAP Project is hidden in the Nandy Conure Page website. Birders will know that a nanday conure is a beautiful medium-small mostly green Neotropical parrot (also known as the black-hooded parakeet). This website has a gallery of fan pages devoted to individual birds in addition to FAQ and a forum for nandy conure lovers.

The Nandy website also provides links to other items of interest to nandy conure lovers and an odd assortment of helpful resources such as:

  • A page which will automatically Balance Chemical Equations and calculate product/reactant mass relationships for you.
  • A Vegetarian Cookbook and message board.
  • A page to help technical writers and editors avoid the redundant acronym phrase (RAP) syndrome. is the official home of the Redundant Acronym Phrase (RAP) project.

A RAP is a phrase containing an acronym plus a word or phrase such that, when the acronym is expanded, the phrase would contain a redundancy. This is best illustrated by an example: ATM machine. ATM is an acronym for automated teller machine. Thus, ATM machine really means automated teller machine machine.

Clearing redundant acronym phrases from your writing will help with translations of your writing and will improve accessibility when screen readers read the full spelled out meaning of an acronym for visually disabled users who would be puzzled hearing "machine machine".

See the Redundant Acronym Phrases (RAP) Project page for a complete current list of phrases in the project.

You are invited to suggest more possible redundant acronym phrases (must be actually used—not made up) using the contact form at

Special discount code for Eye Tracking in UX Design event – Oct 16 in DC

We are a proud strategic partner of The Eye Tracking in UX Design Conference, taking place on October 16 in Washington DC. Leading experts in eye tracking will discuss how they have taken advantage of this new technology to understand, design, and evaluate user experience. They will explore recent advances in the technology, which tracks how users interact with mobile devices, large-screen displays and video game consoles. Methods for combining eye tracking with other research techniques for a more holistic understanding of the user experience will be discussed. This is an invaluable resource to those who want to learn how eye tracking can be used to better understand and design for their users.

Want to attend? We have a special discount code for our friends! Use code STC when registering to get 20% off! Hope to see you there!

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NWS Wants Your Comments on a Proposed Alternative to Simplify Winter Hazard Headlines

Here is an opportunity for technical communicators and usability experts to help improve weather-related public service announcements by the National Weather Service (NWS): "NWS Wants Your Comments on a Proposed Alternative to Simplify Winter Hazard Headlines" with a PowerPoint audiocast demonstration.  Updated

The National Weather Service (NWS) uses the terms Watch, Warning and Advisory (WWA) to describe how likely we believe a weather or flooding event is, how bad we think the associated impacts will be, and when the impacts will occur. Results from surveys, service assessments and feedback from some of our partners indicate many people may not fully understand what these terms mean or how to properly respond to stay safe and protect property. The public may also be confused on the distinction between WWA headlines for specific hazards, called hazard products. Examples of similar sounding hazard products include Winter Storm Warning, Winter Storm Watch, and Winter Weather Advisory.

In support of our Weather-Ready Nation initiative, NWS wants to start a conversation on how we might simplify and clarify our products. For this demonstration, we are proposing an alternative way to express headlines within our hazard messages, with winter hazard messages as a focus. If you have other ideas for simplifying and clarifying these messages, we want to hear them.

This demonstration, which will run through March 31, 2013, will provide you with the opportunity to compare headline text from a shortened version of our official WWA messages for winter weather hazards with a proposed alternative. These alternative messages are being created at selected locations (see map below) for demonstration purposes only. Also, the alternative messages will only be accessible via this Web page and via special links from the NWS Home Page and the Home Pages of participating NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs). These messages are not being disseminated. All official NWS winter weather hazard messages will be disseminated as usual, including all computer-readable header information, e.g., Valid Time Event Code (VTEC). For more information, see the official Product Description Document (.pdf).

NWS is demonstrating this proposed alternative approach to hazard message simplification at 26 NWS WFOs this winter. For these sites, we are creating a side-by-side display to allow you to compare our current official headline text with proposed alternative text. These displays will be created continuously in real time based on our official products; however, these displays are being created for demonstration purposes only. We will continue to produce and disseminate all our official WWA products per current policy.

Our team has worked to translate every combination of winter WWA products that we could identify from our records. You can access the Translation Guide here for reference. We will continually monitor and, if necessary, add to the guide during the demonstration.

Based on an analysis of your comments, we will work with our partners and social scientists to determine next steps. If there is support for a simplified approach to winter hazards messaging, NWS will refine the concept based on the comments we receive. We also will work with our partners to determine the best way for their systems to ingest and process information contained in the new message formats.

Comment Now!

Please share your opinions on the overall hazard simplification concept via our standard survey form, used by NWS for all experimental products. For this demonstration, please focus on the following questions:

Question 3: Let us know what you like about the proposed alternative

Question 4: Let us know what you do not like about the proposed alternative

Question 9: Comment on the current WWA system and suggest alternatives to this proposal

Thanks for completing this short survey.

To ask general questions about this demonstration, or share comments about a specific dated WFO message, please email the team at email hidden; JavaScript is required. We will answer as many questions as possible, depending on volume, and will add responses to frequently asked questions to the FAQ section.

Feel free to reply more than once as you review multiple products during the demonstration.

Photos of the User Experience/Web Professional Speed Networking Event – September 5: UXPA-DC, STC-WDC, IxDA-DC, Web Mavens, DCWW, Content Strategy Meetup

Photos of the User Experience/Web Professional Speed Networking Event – September 5: UXPA-DC, STC-WDC, IxDA-DC, Web Mavens, DCWW, Content Strategy Meetup are posted on our Facebook page.!/media/set/?set=a.10151887315811494.436768.86448161493&type=1

Photo of Sibyl Edwards on the left and Carolyn Kelley Klinger on the right
Sibyl Edwards of the DC Web Women and Carolyn Kelley Klinger, STC WDCB Chapter President, at the User Experience / Web Professional Speed Networking Event – September 5: UXPA-DC, STC-WDC, IxDA-DC, Web Mavens, DCWW, Content Strategy Meetup.

UPA DC – UserFocus 2011 Early Bird Registration Open Now

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UserFocus, the area's premier conference for and by local usability professionals, will be held Friday, September 16 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel. The conference, hosted each year by the DC Chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association, is a great place to learn about new trends in usability, share experiences with other local practitioners, and hone the skills in your usability tool kit.

Peter Morville provides the opening keynote on "Ubiquitous Information Architecture: Strategies for Cross-Channel User Experience Design". Sessions for the rest of the day will run on two tracks with presentations of value to seasoned practitioners as well as those new to the field. Topics range from "Making Millions through State-of-the-art Mobile and Desktop eCommerce Usability" to "Running Successful Remote, Moderated, International Usability Studies".

Register now! Early bird pricing is in effect through August 16

  • $125 for UPA-DC Members
  • $150 for Nonmembers

The last UserFocus sold out completely.

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