Category Archives: Accessibility

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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┬áthat 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 […]

WTF-ARIA?!?

Recently, I saw someone Tweet that “…ARIA should be last” when working to make a website accessible. As you learn in Logic 101, generalized statements are particularly false. Such a broad statement, though mostly correct at least in spirit, is wholly incorrect in certain situations. ARIA is clearly the right choice in cases where native […]

The little button that could

The original issue A link is used to perform the action of a button. The code below is used to show a region of the page which is hidden by default. Screen readers will read this code as a link and expect that it will navigate. Instead, upon activating this link, focus remains on the […]

“Should we detect screen readers?” is the wrong question

The recent release of WebAIM’s 5th Screen Reader User Survey has heated up a recently simmering debate regarding whether or not it should be possible to detect screen readers. Currently there are no reliable means of determining whether a user with disabilities is visiting your site and, specific to screen readers, this is because that […]

Everything you know about accessibility testing is wrong (part 2)

In Everything you know about accessibility testing is wrong (part 1) I left off talking about automated accessibility testing tools. It is my feeling that a tool of any kind absolutely must deliver on its promise to make the user more effective at the task they need the tool to perform. As a woodworker, I […]