Easy Checks changelog

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This page lists changes to Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility since the draft was posted in June 2013.

Major revision planned for late 2023.


9 August 2023

31 January 2023

April-May 2020

  • Added video introduction

14 & 22 December 2017

8 & 9 August 2017

  • In Contrast section:
    • Added "There should also be sufficient contrast between text and its background by default, so that many people can read it without changing the colors."
    • Changed "Web pages should also have a minimum contrast by default: a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for normal-size text." to "The contrast between all text and its background is at least 4.5:1 for normal-size text."
  • Changed example under https://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/preliminary#ctrlcmd

16 December 2016

  • Significant update: added new check on Moving, Flashing, or Blinking Content
  • Changed "FF Toolbar" to "WebDev Toolbar" and added: "Web Developer Toolbar for Chrome, Opera, and Firefox..." along with relevant links to the browsers and extensions.
  • Diff shows several minor edits.

11-20 December 2013

  • Intro - added "Additional evaluation guidance is available from: ..." & 3 links
  • screen reader explanation - clarified and simplified
  • "To check page title with different browsers" section - updated image, changed order
  • Image text alternatives ("alt text") section - minor tweaks to Tips and the first sentence under "Alt text checks"
  • Keyboard access and visual focus - edited second paragraph and moved illustration from lower down up to here
  • Contrast - added section "Checking contrast with FF"
  • Forms, Labels, and Errors - added "To check labels if you're comfortable looking at the HTML markup" section. changed headin from just "Forms". added under check with BAD, "Also, the page title includes "Submission Failed".".
  • Basic Structure Check - changed section title from Plain Content View
  • and a few other minor tweaks, including "EDIT"s from 20 Dec minutes

2014 and 2015

Mostly minor copy edits.

4 November 2013

  • Resize Text section - significant edits
  • Page Title section - moved content around
  • Keyboard section - minor edits
  • Using these Easy checks - added first section
  • Minor edits, such as: in learn more about Headings, deleted links to techniques

17 September 2013

  • Corrected "(for example, for left-to-right languages: top to bottom, left to right)"

2 July 2013

  • Added Forms section
  • Added Plain Content View section

1 July 2013

  • Added markup to Background
  • Added "optional" to heading: Tools: FF Toolbar and IE WAT (optional)
  • Added list of things not covered in Encourage thorough accessibility evaluation section
  • Added placeholder for new section: Plain Content View

June 2013

minor edits, most of which are listed in this Easy Checks Comments wiki page

Document History

  • "Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility" was first published as a draft in June 2013.
  • It replaced "Preliminary Review of Web Sites for Accessibility" that was first published in September 2005.
  • It was originally one section of "Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility" that was first published in October 2001.