Submitted by Douglas T on Mon, 18/05/2009 - 7:46am
There are two good accessibility discussions going on right now, and you need to be following them. The first is Glenda Watson Hyatt's Four Parties Contribute to an Accessible Blogosphere. Glenda is pushing for more accessibility in blogging platforms and on blogs themselves. This is an idea whose time has come. Blogs by design are dynamic and adaptable. Let's adapt them toward accessibility.
Submitted by Douglas T on Tue, 12/05/2009 - 1:21pm
Submitted by Douglas T on Sat, 02/05/2009 - 7:52am
I was recently given the opportunity to review the Packt Publishing book Drupal 6 - Social Networking by Michael Peacock. I'm impressed. The book was well written and well organized. It starts with the basics of a Drupal installation, and quickly walks you through to the more complex configuration of a Drupal site with a social networking focus.
Submitted by Douglas T on Fri, 01/05/2009 - 9:34am
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.
Submitted by Douglas T on Sat, 25/04/2009 - 9:28am
There is an alarming trend in the art and design. Not in the artists and craftsmen, but in the clients. The trend is, an insistence on mediocrity. It is often an attempt to make something universally appealing. I honestly don't think that's possible. Both fine art and good design can evoke emotion, often strong emotion. You have to realize though, that they induce both positive emotional responses, and negative ones. Some people like them very much, but others will dislike them. The only way to eliminate this negative response group is to lower or eliminate the emotional impact.
Submitted by Douglas T on Wed, 22/04/2009 - 8:02am
Submitted by Douglas T on Thu, 09/04/2009 - 8:10am
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.
Submitted by Douglas T on Tue, 07/04/2009 - 6:35pm
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.”
Submitted by Douglas T on Tue, 07/04/2009 - 7:46am
Submitted by Douglas T on Tue, 10/03/2009 - 7:43am
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".