Google Toolbar ties to the Windows Accessibility API

December 27, 2007

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Topics: Accessibility, News.

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Quietly released on the Saturday before Christmas, (what, are they trying to hide this news?) Google announced that their latest Toolbar release supports the Windows Accessibility API. This is (obviously) a Windows-specific release, and even further, it’s just an Internet Explorer release. However, it’s definitely a step in the right direction! I was particularly glad to see the comment: Version 5 comes as a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance accessibility in our client-side and web applications, which is […]

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Supporting Standards that Support Accessibility

The justification that a web site is accessible because it “follows standards” contains a serious fallacy. Specifically, the assumption that standards support accessibility. One root of current standard accessibility practice is conformance to the HTML or XHTML standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This is a fine practice, and certainly should be maintained. Using correct syntax and following a standardized method of communicating information is always a solid best practice. However, this should absolutely not be taken […]

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James Edwards on Web Accessibility

December 14, 2007

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Topics: Accessibility, Blogging.

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If we call ourselves professionals, we owe it to our clients, their clients, and ourselves, to do our job properly. A chef must care about health, a builder must care about safety, and we must care about accessibility. James Edwards, aka ‘Brothercake’ has published a very neat argument on the frequently-asked question “Why Accessibility?” Read his comments at Why Accessibility? Because it’s our job!.

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Thoughts about Content Labeling and Data

Interestingly, it appears that some of the ideas discussed in this article are actually being actively tested by Google. As of September 2009, it appears that Google is actually putting this concept into practice. An interesting thought in indexing and handling page structure is the concept that different areas of a single page can be identified and considered independently from surrounding bodies of content. This particularly applies to specific and readily identifiable data-types, such as phone numbers, postal codes, or […]

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On the usability of contextual URLs

November 29, 2007


Topics: Accessibility, Usability.

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Example: Visit this site! I run into this, or into something like it all the time, and it’s pretty understandable why. Obviously, if you don’t know how to create a hyperlink, or if you’re working with a CMS which will automatically convert a URL into a hyperlink, this is the most reliable way to provide access to somebody else’s site. Either they have the URL, and can use it “straight up” if they know how, or they can follow […]

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