Microsoft Office logo

Checking accessibility in your day-to-day work

Last year I wrote a series of posts about accessibility as it relates to presentations, and one aspect which I didn’t cover is within the documents themselves. We create slides with wonderful typeface choices, clear text, minimal animations, good colour choices, and so on, but what happens when we need to share those documents with
-> Continue reading Checking accessibility in your day-to-day work

A sample of the OpenDyslexic font

Accessibility in font choice

Choosing the right typeface for your presentation (or for that matter anything you create that contains words) is fraught. In a previous post I wrote about the difference between serif and sans-serif. I mentioned font families, line spacing, and kerning. I also discussed why it’s important for a font to differentiate between characters that look
-> Continue reading Accessibility in font choice

Microsoft PowerPoint logo

Accessibility in your PowerPoint slide deck

This post is part of the series I kicked off here. You can read my post about captions here. Let’s talk about slides! Many of us are familiar with producing slide decks for talks and conference sessions using PowerPoint (or Keynote or whatever the Google one is called this week), but just how much thought
-> Continue reading Accessibility in your PowerPoint slide deck

Subtitle button on a remote control

Accessibility after the fact: closed captions for videos

My user group, the Calgary Data User Group, has been recording videos since April of this year, so at the time of this writing we have just two videos on our YouTube channel. As one of the Azure Data Tech Groups we have access to Microsoft Teams, and in there we can display live captions during
-> Continue reading Accessibility after the fact: closed captions for videos

Azure Data

On accessibility in our community

Today I want to write about the community that brought us all together. The community that got this very website on your radar. The community that got many of us spending lunch breaks, evenings and weekends learning about the Microsoft Data Platform at free local events. This community has had various organizations steering its direction
-> Continue reading On accessibility in our community

silhouette of people standing on mirror during golden hour

Gatekeeping and Accessibility

In my final post about gatekeeping in technology, I have to come clean about something. Let’s go through this journey together. [Edit: At the end of August 2020, Grace Anderson — president and co-founder of I Am A Fighter — reached out to me to share A Comprehensive Guide to Strategies and Benefits of Building a Diverse
-> Continue reading Gatekeeping and Accessibility