what’s the deal with… findability, searchability, indexability and accessibility?

As a front-end web developer, I often hear the terms “findable”, “searchable”, “indexable” and “accessible” thrown around interchangeably. For many, they mean that the content can be accessed by a non-human, be it a screen reader or a search engine spider. On some level this is true, but there are several significant differences that are[…]

Making RIAs Accessible

My topic suggestion for Spring <br /> has been accepted. On June 3rd, I’ll be presenting the following: Topic: Making RIAs AccessibleDescription: Rich Internet Applications offer the site visitor a more interactive, engaging experience. But can this richness be conveyed to a user of assistive technologies, and how? This session will differentiate between DOM-based (AJAX)[…]


A tagcloud is a common element on web2.0 sites. This alternative navigational element not only gives users a view into the site contents, it offers a visual representation of the most commonly used terms to describe said contents. But just like other neat-o web2.0 effects, whenever I hear “we need {xyz feature}”, I find myself[…]

More Questions than Answers (Rich Internet Application Accessibility)

Ah, the fun part of a research project: when you know just enough to be dangerous… Trying to figure out the scope for my capstone, I’ve done some reading on WAI-ARIA, which seems to focus on helping making AJAXy-applications accessible via roles and states. However, we really work more with flash and flex at work,[…]

Road to Flex Certification

I took the Java 2 Developers Exam back in 2003, the same month I finished my coursework for my Bachelor’s degree in Digital Communication. I’d taken several courses in java (the language itself as well as client-server programming), purchased a certification prep guide, and went for it! I passed, got my sheet of paper and[…]