RadioShack’s Accessibility Initiative

From the American Foundation for the Blind, it appears that RadioShack is announcing some significant accessibility plans for the near future, including a major renovation of their website to accord with the WCAG guidelines. The press release doesn’t contain a lot of detail, but there’s enough meat present to at least get an impression of RadioShack’s accessibility goals. There are two parts to the announcement: improvements to their point-of-sale hardware to protect private data of blind and visually impaired shoppers […]

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WCAG Samurai: Draft Errata Released

In May of 2006, after the release of WCAG 2 for public comments, Joe Clark published an article in A List Apart in which he damned the new guidelines to hell. At the same time, he announced the formation of an independent group to review WCAG 1 and author a set of errata (and extensions) to that document. The WCAG Samurai have now released their errata document for public review. They have also invited reviews from a couple of prominent […]

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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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