Archive: February 2009

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  • Accessibility
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Celebrating a Newly Discovered Ability

Also, because this event was on accessibility, I needed my presentation to be ultra accessible. I needed a way to caption the presentation for those participants who were Deaf and hard of hearing. A transcript would be provided for those who were deaf-blind.

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I was asked by a friend to take a look at recovery.gov yesterday. To be honest, I was disappointed. While it is a pretty site, it isn't nearly as accessible as it should be.

Here's a few things that I see that should really be fixed.

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More bad news from Microsoft. Despite the uproar caused when they originally suggested making developers opt in, to get standards compliance mode in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) they've now quietly returned to this unwise strategy. So developers are now back where we were a year ago, before Microsoft backed away from this plan. It seems we're being reprimanded for not making all of our sites compatible with a browser that hasn't been officially released yet. Why didn't I fix my sites for IE8 Beta?

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Website's in general, and blogs in particular, are all about links. Sending people where you want, to content that they want. Are your links easy to find? How about if your site was viewed by someone colorblind or partially sighted?

Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" the functionality, and possible benefit, of some system or entity. - Wikipedia

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It's not Spring yet, and I'm not actually cleaning anything, but the title seemed to fit. If you follow this site on my RSS feed, you'll notice that things are a bit out of order. I'm updating posts and it causes them to jump to the front of the feed.  Mostly this involves making sure the posts have correct tags and categories and so forth, but I'm also checking links and content. My recent style update included some major structural revisions, so I'm still making sure nothing broke.  Updating should be done soon.

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Have you heard of Mozilla's Ubiquity? I think it's the beginning of something big.

Ubiquity is a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.

It's going to change how people interact with the web. I don't know how exactly waht it's going to turn in to, but it's a project that I'm going to be watching.

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  • Validation and Testing

I've logged close to thirty hours in Internet Explorer (IE) 8 in the last few weeks doing browser testing. The more I use it, the more I think to myself "why would you use Internet Explorer?" There are other, better choices. Here's a quick roundup of what's out there to choose from. Internet Explorer: Each version gets better, I'll grant you that, but that's about all I'll grant you.