5 Accessibility Panels I Hope Make it to SXSW 2010

August 20, 2009

As Andrew Kirkpatrick noted on the Adobe Accessibility blog, there are quite a few proposed Accessibility panels for SXSW 2010. I was really hoping for some sessions that were a bit beyond alt text and tabindices, and happy with what I found. Here’s my Top 5 list of Accessibility sessions I really hope make the […]

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What would it take for you to consider web accessibility?

February 5, 2009

At Web Directions North ’09, Derek Featherstone presented on “Real World Accessibility for AJAX and Web Apps”. I had first tried to hear Derek speak on this topic back in 2007, so I was eagerly signed up for the 4.5 hr workshop. As Derek went through his presentation, I was surprised to see that several […]

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Should you post an accessibility policy on your website?

December 16, 2008

The footer navigation on a website tends to be quite standard: copyright, company name, terms and conditions, privacy policy. Occasionally another links sneaks in there: accessibility.

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Accessibility isn’t a one-person job

August 26, 2008

From the accessibility mailing list I subscribe to: Since John Slatin died earlier this year, there has been some confusion at the University of Texas about what to do with John’s work and if/how to keep the Accessibility Institute open. Vicki Almstrum, John’s faculty colleague from the Computer Science Department, was asked to step in […]

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Site redesigns, Section 508 Compliance and IE6, oh my!

August 26, 2008

Another question asked in the Q&A section of LinkedIn: I’m working on a site redesign, and a few questions came up in a meeting yesterday that have me my scratching my head. I work for a nonprofit, and apparently there’s a ‘feeling’ that we may be required to go 508 compliant in order to retain […]

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Spiders don’t use Screen Readers (SEO vs Web Accessibility)

July 25, 2008

How often have you been asked “so if we don’t use Flash, this will be searchable/accessible, right”? As though there is some new compound word describing a site whose content is easily available to all non-human user agents. Ah, we should be so lucky! While some coding practices aid in both SEO and web accessibility, […]

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Web Accessibility and Usability Presentations at Columbus Digital

July 23, 2008

Next Tuesday (July 29th), I will be presenting on Web Accessibility to Columbus Digital – the Central Ohio Adobe Users Group. Starting off the meeting will be a presentation on Usability on the Web. Announcing this month’s Adobe User Group Presentation Night, hosted by Quest Software! [Google Calendar Link] 6:10- 7:00: Usability on the WebChris […]

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what’s the deal with… Web Accessibility and the ADA?

July 16, 2008

Until only a few years ago, I would have stated that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) had nothing to do with web accessibility. However, the landmark case against Target has altered the landscape.

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what’s the deal with… Web Accessibility and WCAG?

July 16, 2008

WCAG (Wu-CAHG) stands for the “Web Content Authoring Guidelines”, put forth by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). WCAG 1.0 was released as a Recommendation in 1999, and WCAG 2.0 is now in Candidate Recommendation status. The Section 508 Standards were actually based on WCAG 1.0; Jim Thatcher has a side-by-side comparison of the two […]

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what’s the deal with… Web Accessibility and Section 508?

July 16, 2008

Anyone who has heard me speak about web accessibility knows that I typically call out two motivating factors behind accessibility: usability and regulatory compliance. Let’s face it, usability can be a hard sell. But if an organization is being tasked with meeting certain standards/guidelines/laws, there may be no choice. The trick, therefore, is knowing if […]

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