Karl Groves

Tech Accessibility Consultant
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Author Archives: karlgroves

The day I had an assault weapon in my car and was confronted by police

A couple of blog posts ago, I wrote about Gun Control and mentioned that I’ve owned a couple of SKS rifles. The SKS fires a 7.62x39mm round, the same as early AK-47s and is also similar to the cartridge used by the M-1 Carbine. The SKS was a military rifle, used by the USSR and […]

The hard slog (an introspective humblebrag)

For some reason, this week was a pretty good week for Tenon. We got a large number of upgrades, including annual payments for some of our larger plans. We also got our fair share of purchases of our “Micro” plan, which doesn’t really make us much money but every bit helps. This morning I had […]

I have no sympathy for excuse-making and won’t apologize for that

Almost a year ago, Dale Cruse posted a list of must-follow people involved in accessibility. I was honored to be on that list. Dale described me as “militant about accessibility”. I began working on a follow-up post where I disagreed about the “militant” label. Ultimately I deleted the post largely because it turned into a […]

Gun Control

I’m a gun owner. I purchased my first firearm 25 years ago, when I was 18 years old. My friend Jason was very¬†enamored with guns. At the time, he had a .22 caliber Marlin rifle and took me to a local shooting range. I enjoyed shooting and was pretty good at it. Well, I was […]

Is WCAG too long?

Yes. And no. But mostly it just feels that way. I just got home from this year’s CSUN Conference and, as always, it was a wonderful time. Like many people, I find myself feeling very energized. The overall feeling of camaraderie at CSUN leaves you feeling like you have an army standing behind you as […]

Conference talks are not sales pitches – a preemptive rant

It is less than a week before the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, affectionately known as “CSUN” (as in, “see sun”) after the California State University, Northridge whose Center on Disabilities hosts the conference. I’ve taken this week as vacation and my talk still isn’t prepared. This is probably the least prepared […]

The Accessibility & SEO Myth

No, Accessibility doesn’t lead to better SEO. More importantly, this isn’t a good business case argument. It is time to put this one to rest. In order to formulate a good business case argument, you must be able to prove that Taking action ‘X’ will have ‘Y’ consequences and in this case the argument is […]

The incredible ugliness of political bias and our abandonment of logic & reason

Wise people (namely, Jennifer Groves) often say that you shouldn’t discuss politics or religion in a professional environment. Since most of the stuff I post about on this blog is work-related, I suppose this post is a little unwise. Those who know me on Facebook know that I post a fair amount of political stuff […]

What to do when you get sued… (revisited)

Rather than re-write my post What happens when you get sued for your inaccessible website, I wanted to revisit the topic entirely. A few years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts about the “Accessibility Business Case” Ultimately, I determined that reduction of legal risk was the most powerful business case argument. Recent events […]

The business case for issue prevention: Extreme Accessibility

I originally posted this on LinkedIn. It turns out that LinkedIn is a poor place for me to reach my audience, as my average post gets 10x as many views as this post first got on LinkedIn. There have long been discussions on the accessibility industry surrounding the business case for accessibility. The Education and […]