Accessibility and Typography: At Accessites.org

I’ve got a new article published at Accessites.org: “Improving Accessibility Through Typography.” In this article I talk about some of the complications of typography on the web and offer a few suggestions on how to deal with accessible typography. The main issue is the fact that good web text must be able to be modified by the user: and there are certain problems which can become serious issues if you make poor choices in how you handle your type. Hope […]

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Search Engine Friendly vs. Search Engine Optimized

The links between accessibility and search marketing are frequently explored: creating a universally accessible website has a number of significant benefits for search marketing. After all, many of the features which make a website accessible (using text instead of images, ensuring the ability of non-visual tools to fully access content, etc.) are also characteristics of a website which has been optimized for search. However, there’s a huge difference between search engine optimization and search engine friendly. What most accessible developers […]

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Why Usability Belongs At the Top

Cre8asite Forums, where I’m a moderator, is a community which always puts usability at the top of the totem pole. Although perhaps principally known as a search engine marketing resource, the members of the forum consistently take usability into consideration whenever possible. This has popped up a couple times recently — first, Kim Krause Berg, the owner/founder of Cre8asite and sole proprietor of the usability consultancy The Usability Effect, was asked about her focus on usability by Mike McDonald of […]

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Where’s WCAG 2?

By which I mean, what is currently going on in the world of the next generation of web content accessibility guidelines? It’s been almost a year since I wrote on the feelings against WCAG 2 when it was initially bumped to a “Last Call Working Draft” — so it’s worth addressing what’s been happening since then. First of all, WCAG 2 is still in the “Last Call Working Draft” stage, according to the Web Accessibility Initiative. There was never any […]

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Amazon.com working with the National Federation of the Blind

In a press release on March 28th, Amazon announced that they will be working with the National Federation of the Blind to promote and improve accessibility in web technology. This is a valuable step, since Amazon.com itself has been rather a poster child for the lack of accessibility in e-commerce. It’s also worth noting that Amazon powers the technology behind the Target website which is currently the focus of a National Federation of the Blind sponsored lawsuit. The services powered […]

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