Author Archives: karlgroves

When the treatment is worse than the disease

I’ve previously discussed the pitfalls and false claims of all those per-site accessibility tools that claim to make your site more accessible. To be blunt, I think the vendors of such products are criminals for selling products that are proven to have little to no benefit. Their customers are duped into believing that the product […]

Your computer school sucks

Sitting at my gate returning home from Accessibility Camp Toronto and remembering some of the great conversations I had. The Friday before camp, Billy Gregory and I did a presentation on accessibility at Hacker You, a company that provides web developer training in Toronto. Billy actually does these sort of lunch and learn sessions at […]

Sue Everyone

I hate this post. I hate the title of it. I hate what it implies. Even more, I hate how right it is. This will be the 124th posting on this blog. Although my posts and social media postings are rather strongly worded, I think I’ve also been clear that I don’t like selling accessibility […]

What happens when you get sued for your inaccessible website

In the United States, the primary motivator for paying attention to accessibility seems to be risk avoidance. While I’d personally rather see people work to make their ICT systems more accessible because they believe in Universal Usability, litigation (or threats thereof) is what truly gets the discussion (and budget) moving for accessibility. Some argue that […]

On Certification

At CSUN 2012, the ATIA, Microsoft, and other companies laid forth a proposal plan to create a professional organization around the Accessibility profession. Among the topics of discussion on that day was certification. The next day I posed the question on this blog What does it take to call yourself an accessibility expert?. Cyndi Rowland […]

Five Lessons Learned from the IEP Process

May was a really big month for the Groves family. We got our county school system to agree to place our daughter in a non-public school to address her unique educational needs. She’s never been happier and more enthusiastic about school, which I largely attribute to a combination of better atmosphere and finally feeling like she […]

My testimony at the CSUN 2015 Access Board Hearing: Make Haste

My name is Karl Groves. I’ve been involved in Web Development, Usability, and Accessibility since the late 1990s. Living in the Washington DC area, and working in accessibility my professional career in this field has always involved Section 508. In 2006 I was excited to hear about the Refresh process. As a web developer, the […]

18 Years in: The basics still matter

I got into web development in the late 90s. By that time, the Web Accessibility Initiative was well on its way to trying to make the web more accessible. In that time we’ve seen the rise (and fall) of many new technologies on the web and many new devices used to consume and create web […]

To Hell With Compliance

A few weeks ago, Asa and I added a page to Tenon’s documentation that lists What Tenon Tests in reaction to questions about “How much WCAG coverage” Tenon has. I had already covered, at a high level at least, what can be tested and how quite a while ago and, while Tenon only tests a […]

You don’t have accessibility problems, you have quality problems

On my site and on Twitter, I try to exude positivity and pragmatism. I try to tone down my admittedly strong personality as a way to ensure that what I write is well received. Sometimes I succeed. For the most part I tend to frown upon random bitch sessions about how bad everything is on […]