Accessibility

Recovery.gov Revisited

I wrote a quick post on the lack of accessibility of Recovery.gov back in February. Jim Thatcher has now done an in depth study of that site as he recently did with WhiteHouse.gov. As I noted before, the Recovery site is surprisingly inaccessible. I'll let you read Mr. Thatcher's evaluation yourself, but I think there is one feature on recovery.gov that really shows how low a priority accessibility is on this site.

Jim Thatcher and WhiteHouse.gov

Jim Thatcher has written what I hope will be the first of a series on the Accessibility of the White House Web Site. About a month ago I wrote a quick accessibility note about the new recovery.gov site. A pretty site, but not particularly accessible. As I summed it up then, "I see this site as a wonderful opportunity...

9 Ways to Make Your Site More Accessible

The obvious followup question to 9 Reasons Why Accessibility Matters is "How do I do that?" It's not really as difficult as it might seem. Answer these nine questions, and see how your site's accessibility can be improved.

9 Reasons Why Accessibility Matters

Why does making your site accessible matter? First let’s give a definition of accessibility, I like Jim Thatcher’s best. “Basically, technology is accessible if it can be used as effectively by people with disabilities as by those without.”

Jim Thatcher on CAPTCHA accessibility

Jim Thatcher has written a post on CAPTCHA accessibility. A must read if you're working in the accessibility field.

The whole CAPTCHA issue is a can of worms. They are appearing more frequently by the day, whether to sign up for email accounts or to play games. To avoid spam (they assert) some have added CAPTCHAs to the process of commenting on Blog entries. The letters stand for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart".

The reason for acessibility

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.

Accessible Recovery?

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.

recovery.gov

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

WCAG 2 - Unofficial Executive Summary

The City University Web Team has produced what they call an executive summary of the WCAG 2.0 in less than 100,000 words. It's a very well done summation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 that is significantly under 100,000 words. That's more than I can say about the original, which at least feels much longer than that.

Why IE?

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.

Accessibility Recommendation Comparison

I've been working on comparisons of the WCAG 1.0, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508. I thought a few of my readers might find the results interesting, so I've posted it. Due to theme limitations, I found it easier to give it its own page. Go take a look at the Accessibility Comparisons. Please note, this project isn't finalized. The document will be updated as I have time.

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