Author Archives: karlgroves

Utilitarianism, Pragmatism/ Practicalism, and Perfection

I feel strongly that every person has an intrinsic sense of what is “right” and what is “wrong”. Parents can observe this in their children when they’re very young. Take a toy away from a toddler and the result will be a howling child. Sigmund Freud would identify this as the ‘Id’ in action. The […]

5 Approaches to Dealing with 3rd party (in)accessibility

I have an embarrassing confession to make. Tenon has accessibility problems. Some of them are our fault. Some of them are based on conscious decisions. Some of them are due to our use of 3rd party content and controls. But regardless of where the issues come from, once they’re on our system they’re ours to […]

Accessibility Lawsuits, Trolls, and Scare Tactics

There has been a lot of discussions in Web Accessibility circles around “ADA Trolls” this year. The massive uptick in web-accessibility related lawsuits that began around October 2015 is certainly a new trend in this space. While lawsuits around web accessibility are certainly not new, the frequency and volume we’ve seen in 2016 definitely is. […]

5 talks in 6 days in 3 countries starting this Saturday

Holy cow. I can’t believe it. Tomorrow I start a trip that has been several weeks in the making. Now that it is around the corner I’m both excited and anxious! Even more, I’m truly humbled that such a trip is even possible. Each of these events are open to the public. If you’re in […]

Some tough love: Stop the excuses, already.

Over a year ago, Dale Cruse called me “militant” about accessibility. I know I use strong language at times, but I actively try to have a softer touch. I think he meant it kindly anyway, but I worried a little. “Do I come off too strong?” I wondered. I get a lot of compliments on […]

Get your VPAT/ GPAT in a hurry

I get several emails per month from Government Contractors looking for help writing a VPAT or GPAT document. Chances are this is the result of good SEO on my blog post Why a Third Party Should Prepare Your VPAT/GPAT. Unfortunately a lot of these contacts follow this pattern: Hi Karl, I’m from XYZPDQ Corp. and […]

The best salesman I’ve ever met wasn’t a salesman

I don’t think I’ve met anyone who owns their own business who is truly satisfied with how much they’re selling. For Tenon, sales means new features, so when I’m looking at a backlog of awesome ideas I’m also calculating the time & money it would take to develop those ideas. More sales means more money […]

Extreme Accessibility, Revisited

I’m really terrible about responding to emails. I get (and send) a lot of email and lots of it just sits and sits for embarrassingly long times. After CSUN I got a great email with some questions from Vincent François about some of the things I said during my CSUN 2016 presentation “Extreme Accessibility” Vincent […]

Should you use more than one accessibility testing tool?

If you’re already aware of Betteridge’s Law, then you know the answer already. There are some that would argue that you need to use multiple tools because automated accessibility tools can’t find everything and because each tool takes its own approach to testing – including what they specifically test for. This sounds spot on, but […]

Is WCAG 2.0 too complicated?

A couple of weeks ago now, an article was posted on LinkedIn that implied WCAG was "Impossible". Numerous others, including myself, levied sharply negative responses to the article, but not to this specific claim about WCAG being "impossible". I’d like to help my readers understand WCAG a little bit better. Generalized statements are particularly false […]