Category Archives: Accessibility Testing

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 […]

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 […]

How long does it take to test 25 Billion web pages

If you started it during the reign of Thutmose I of Egypt, you’d be done soon. Or you could invest several million dollars. Or maybe doing it is just a stupid idea in the first place On July 6, 2016, Michelle Hay of the company Sitemorse published an “article” (a term I’m using loosely here) […]

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 […]

The no-CURL way to submit a request to Tenon API

A few months ago, I posted Tutorial: Creating a PHP class to use with Tenon.io. Someone asked me “What about servers that don’t have CURL? Here you go. Use the class in that post, but swap out the submit() function for this: function submit(){ $content = http_build_query($this->opts); $options = array( ‘http’ => array( ‘method’ => […]

This one secret will save you $100,000 on accessibility

I’ve historically been very critical of the various Business Case arguments for accessibility given their lack of actual evidence. There’s one business case argument that I think is rock solid: The cost of remediation. The cost of remediation actually has two faces: The actual time-on-task it takes to fix issues, of course, but also the […]

Tutorial: Creating a PHP class to use with Tenon.io

Introduction Just wanna get the code? All of the code for this tutorial is available at an open repository on BitBucket Tenon.io is an API that facilitates quick and easy JavaScript-aware accessibility testing. The API accepts a large number of request parameters that allow you to customize how Tenon does its testing and returns its […]

Accessibility Consulting is Broken

I’ve had an epiphany. Accessibility Consulting, that process where a client hires us to go through their system, test it for accessibility issues, and submit a report to them, is fundamentally broken. My personal interpretation of our goal, as professionals, is to make money doing Good. Our advanced level of knowledge, skills, and experience can […]

Measuring the harm of flawed academic papers

For several years I’ve been interested in finding and reading academic work in the field of web accessibility. I have a very strong belief that the things we say regarding web accessibility must be based on a significant amount of rigor and I hold in higher esteem those who base their statements on fact rather than […]

Everything you know about accessibility testing is wrong (Part 4)

…how many bigger issues have we missed wasting our time fixing this kind of crap? @thebillygregory Literally every single audit report I’ve ever done includes issues relating to the following: Missing alt attributes for images Missing explicit relationships between form fields and their labels Tables without headers or without explicit relationships between header cells and […]