James Edwards on Web Accessibility

December 14, 2007

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Topics: Accessibility, Blogging.

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

December 5, 2007

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Topics: Accessibility, Semantics, Usability.

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.

Example: Visit this site! http://www.joedolson.com/ 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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An Example of Automated Accessibility Testing

November 15, 2007


Topics: Accessibility.

Every once in a while, somebody mentions to me how they’re concerned because their (or my) site didn’t “pass” some online accessibility evaluator or another. This always opens up the conversation for one big, complicated issue: why automated accessibility testing just doesn’t work. This isn’t to say that automated testing doesn’t have a place; but it should never be considered the deciding factor for accessibility. The Functional Accessibility Evaluator from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was pointed out to […]

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Know your why’s and how’s…

November 12, 2007

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Topics: Accessibility.

The Accessibility Cookbook: a Recipe for Disaster, by Aaron Cannon. This is a very well-written article which provides an “insider’s” viewpoint from both an accessibility and an interface designer’s perspective. The article remarks, in brief, on the importance of knowing the why’s and how’s of accessibility. If you don’t understand why or how you’re helping a disabled user, you are immediately opening up a gateway to create new barriers. It’s not about following a set of rules; it’s about sitting […]

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