Karl Groves

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Category Archives: Accessibility Testing

Text-only is not accessible

Not long ago I participated in a discussion on a W3C mailing list where a participant on the list contended that a site is not accessible because it did not work right in Lynx. Lynx, for those who don’t know, is a text-based web browser – in other words, it offers no support for graphics, […]

It is time to let go of the waterfall model of accessibility

Today, Henny Swan posted a blog entry titled Accessibility for Project Managers. Henny’s article is a pretty complete overview which discusses all of the steps in the SDLC in which accessibility should be considered. The article mirrors, in many ways, the information I discuss in a training course I’ve created on the topic and also […]

Agile & Accessibility

Agile software development is a group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery; time boxed iterative approach and encourages rapid and flexible response to change. It is a conceptual framework that promotes foreseen […]

Prioritizing Remediation of Web Accessibility Issues

During my career, I’ve performed scores of audits and expert reviews to look at the accessibility of web-based systems (websites, web-based applications, intranets, etc.). Of those, I can count on one hand the number of systems tested that were pre-production. In nearly all cases, the testing was performed on systems that were already released to […]

The Problem with Automated Website Accessibility Testing Tools

As I sit here today, running through unit tests on the automated testing capabilities on AQUA (which later became Tenon), I’m left with the feeling that I owe it to anyone who uses such tools to tell them that nothing can replace the eyes of a skilled professional.  The issue, in short, is that so […]

In Defense of “Checklist” Accessibility

Frequently on mailinglists, blog posts, and Twitter, I read about accessibility advocates decrying the sins of what they call “Checklist” accessibility. What the arguments attempt to assert is, essentially, that “Checklist” accessibility is not good enough, either because the checklists themselves are flawed or that the checklist takes the disabled user out of the equation […]