Submitted by Douglas T on May 1, 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 April 25, 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 April 22, 2009 - 8:02am
Submitted by Douglas T on April 7, 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 February 23, 2009 - 7:55am
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.
Submitted by Douglas T on February 20, 2009 - 8:01am
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.
Submitted by Douglas T on February 13, 2009 - 7:50pm
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?
Submitted by Douglas T on February 13, 2009 - 7:28am
Submitted by Douglas T on February 11, 2009 - 11:21pm
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
Submitted by Douglas T on January 16, 2009 - 7:26pm
I finally installed IE8. It's time to starting making sure all my sites working in IE8 before it comes out this spring. I'm using Internet Explorer Collections to run Internet Explorer versions 5.5, 6, 7, and 8. Internet Explorer 5.5 isn't really necessary I suppose, but I was curious how it stacked up. It's doing about the same as Internet Explorer 6 in my testing. Internet Explorer 8 isn't as bad as I'd feared, but it's not as good as I'd hoped either.