What would it take for you to consider web accessibility?

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[…]

Accessibility isn’t a one-person job

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[…]

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

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,[…]

Web Accessibility and Usability Presentations at Columbus Digital

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[…]

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

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[…]

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

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[…]