The Pains of Physical Accessibility

Thursday night last week, I attended a musical theater production. It was a production which was being provided with audio description, American Sign Language interpretation, and captioning. Obviously, the goals were to provide an all around accessible experience of this production. And these things were all well done: the audio description was clear and simple. It neither interfered with the production nor gave any kind of bias to the actions of the characters. Although I don’t personally know ASL, the […]

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Pseudo-Accessibility: Reinventing the Wheel

In my last post, Accessibility and Client Expectations, a major point was on the practice of implementing accessibility as a site “add-on,” rather than developing a web site from the ground up with accessibility in mind. Some of the features which are implemented in this manner fall into a gross category I’m inclined to describe as “pseudo-accessibility.” In general, pseudo-accessible features are those which: Solve the symptom, not the problem. Create additional accessibility problems in their implementation Reinvent the wheel […]

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Accessibility and Client Expectations: Selling Accessibility

One routine challenge in being an accessible web developer is convincing clients of the necessity of certain features you’ve implemented. I don’t sell my services specifically on the grounds of accessibility; accessibility is simply a feature of my web sites. As a result, not every client is even aware when the project starts that they’re going to end up with an accessible web site. I don’t make an issue of it. I just make it happen. However, this does frequently […]

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Invisible Text Selection: Background Inheritance

Every once in a while, I come across a site with an odd problem. When I go to attempt to select a passage of text (either to highlight that section and point it out to somebody else or to copy it for later reference,) I’m unable to see the region being selected. If I’m attempting to make a selection to copy, this is a minor irritation. It’s annoying not to have a visual representation of what I’m doing, but it’s […]

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