Author Archives: karlgroves

The form field validation trick they don’t want you to know

Yes, that was a purposefully click-bait headline. One of the most frustrating things for users is unclear or unintuitive form constraints. My personal pet peeve are phone number, credit card, or SSN/ EIN fields which ask for numeric-only entry. While it may very well be necessary that your field use only numeric data, you don’t […]

(re) Announcing A11yBuzz.com

On July 30, 2011 I posted My Challenge to the Accessibility Community: We Need an Accessibility Body of Knowledge in which I lamented: The fact that there is no single source to get good, clear, peer-reviewed information on this topic is, in my opinion, a very huge barrier which prevents “outsiders” from participating in accessible […]

One. Simple. Question. (and a follow-up)

Several weeks ago, Bryan Garaventa made a post to the WAI-IG mailing list. The email thread went somewhat sideways, because some list members didn’t “get it” but it died down quickly enough. AccessIQ reignited the issue, wondering “…do web accessibility professionals have a sense of humour?” My response? Clearly the answer is NO. Even when […]

Longdesc – Where are the alternatives?

Non-text Content is “any content that is not a sequence of characters that can be programmatically determined or where the sequence is not expressing something in human language”. Mostly what comes to mind when discussing non-text content are audio/ video content, images, or other graphical content not necessarily image-based. WCAG 1.1.1 Calls for alternatives for […]

Feature misuse !== feature uselessness

Ugh. Longdesc. For those who don’t follow such things, the fight over the longdesc attribute in HTML5 goes back to (at least) 2008. Back then, the WHATWG was also considering eliminating the alt attribute, the summary attribute, and table headers. Ian Hickson’s blatant and laughable egotism led him to believe he knew more about accessibility […]

Video: Prioritizing Remediation of Accessibility Issues (from ID24)

The Paciello Group has recently uploaded all of the sessions from the Inclusive Design 24 event that was held on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. My session was titled “Prioritizing Remediation of Accessibility Issues” as described: Once you have a report from an accessibility consultant, automated tool, or your QA team, now what? Not all issues […]

Announcing the Viking & the Lumberjack

At CSUN 2014, Billy Gregory and I gave a presentation titled No Beard Required. Mobile Testing With the Viking & the Lumberjack. The presentation was an absolute disaster. Our approach to the presentation was to “wing it”, showing how to test with various mobile technologies. Thing is, none of the mobile technologies actually cooperated with […]

Video of my talk from Open Webcamp 2014

[Part 1] The Newb’s Crash Course in Test Driven Development, including Git, Grunt, Bower, and Qunit

Since we launched the private beta of Tenon.io, the feedback has been really positive and, frankly, energizing. But we have more work to do before we’re ready to open the whole thing up for the public. Much of that work centers around tests. We need more tests. Right now, we have a backlog of about […]

What an incredible start to today

This morning I’m sitting here in bed as I do virtually every morning: Working on one of many programming projects. Sometimes they’re “official” projects and sometimes just experiments. The big difference today is that I’m in San Jose, CA for Open Web Camp. About 45 minutes ago I spoke briefly with my wife. As I […]