Home Inspection for the Web Consultant

October 19, 2006


Topics: Web Development, Web standards.

I’m currently entering into the process of buying a house, so my thoughts are naturally finding ways to compare facets of buying a house with facets of web development. Today, I’m thinking of home inspection. When a home is inspected, the inspector will check out the building with two particular facets in mind: safety and function. Does it work? and Does it conform to building codes?. (I’m not going to go into the whole question of whether building codes mean […]

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Describing a Semantic Calendar

Part of building an accessible website is making meaningful choices in the code you use to markup your content. In some cases, this is a very easy decision: <p> descrbes a paragraph, <blockquote> describes a blocked quote, and <acronym> describes an acronym. No problems. But some issues are more complex: take the calendar. What is the logical structure of a calendar? Is it tabular data? Is it an ordered list? Is it a definition list? All of these are completely […]

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Trying to Define Web Accessibility

Numerous articles in the last few days have suggested serious problems in either defining web accessibility or in the way it’s handled. Trenton Moss considers the future of accessibility. Alastair Campbell follows up with his own opinions. Gez Lemon and Mike Cherim co-published an article outlining two supposedly opposing views of accessibility at Accessites. Roger Johansson chimed in with his reasoning for universality. And, to cap if off, Mike Davies wrote an excellent (if possibly inflammatory) four-part series declaring Accessibility […]

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On Transitional Doctype Declarations

September 27, 2006


Topics: Web Development, Web standards.

I’ve never really understood why people use transitional doctypes. Perhaps this comes from my time working in libraries: 7 years being beaten over the head with MARC format and various other library standards gave me a sense for correct coding before I ever sat down and decided to develop websites. Data formatting is, believe it or not, quite important. The power of XML is wrapped up in formatting – if you’ve left off a closing tag or incorrectly nested XML, […]

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Lack of Access = Barrier to Access

August 10, 2006


Topics: Accessibility, Web standards.

This case arises out of Target’s policy and practice of denying the blind access to Target.com, including the goods and services offered by Target stores through Target.com. Due to Target’s failure and refusal to remove access barriers to Target.com, blind individuals have been and are being denied equal access to Target stores, as well as to the numerous goods, services and benefits offered to the public through Target.com First Amended Complaint, Article 24, National Federation of the Blind, et al […]

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