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Confusing terms

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I've been reading a bunch of articles, posts and comments online in which the authors mixed up accessibility terms and struggled to understand certain acronyms.

For example:

  • a11y
  • ACR vs VPAT vs GPAT
  • Screen reader vs screen magnifier
  • WCAG and ARIA
  • Conformance levels and success criteria
  • POUR
  • UDL

It's understandable. It's a lot to take in and when these terms aren't explained it's frustrating. Especially when people simply reference them and then roll their eyes at you when you don't know what they're talking about.

I have a constantly-growing list of terms and abbreviations explained in my free list of accessibility resources, where I explain all the above and a bunch of others.

Shoot me a reply back if you have any questions or if you want to add any terms in these lists.

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