Karl Groves

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Category Archives: Accessibility

Open Letter to Mid-Atlantic Developer Conference

Longtime readers of this blog know that I feel it is important to push accessibility in the mainstream. I feel like we’re making good headway on adding accessibility into mainstream conferences the last several years. People like LĂ©onie Watson, Marcy Sutton, and plenty others are frequently seen sharing their knowledge on stage around the globe […]

Conditions for my involvement in accessibility lawsuits on plaintiffs’ behalf

I was recently contacted by a law firm who wanted to hire me to work with them on web accessibility lawsuits. They wanted to hire me to “…[perform] an initial, more economical review of the site for purposes of us confirming the violations and including within our demand letters”. If you’ve been following me for […]

Drive-by demand letters and lawsuit threats do not help advance accessibility

Over the last 18 months, a handful of law firms in the United States have been sending out demand letters to website owners threatening to sue over web accessibility. The trend for this activity was started by the law firm Carson & Lynch out of Pennsylvania and has gathered enough attention that it has been […]

Automated Web Accessibility Testing Tools Are Not Judges

Recently social media has been abuzz regarding an article titled “ITIF: 92% of Top Federal Websites Fail to Meet Security, Speed, Accessibility Standards” – and for good reason. The article cites a study by ITIF which details rampant failings of websites of the US Government. American taxpayers, being both the audience and source of funding […]

Accessibility Business Case: Spending your money intelligently

Frequent readers know I write a lot about the business case for accessibility. In fact, 5 years ago I published a series of posts called Chasing the accessibility business case. The first post in the series outlined the core considerations for building a business case. In general, the value of an effective business case should […]

Accessibility Lawsuits, Trolls, and Scare Tactics

There has been a lot of discussions in Web Accessibility circles around “ADA Trolls” this year. The massive uptick in web-accessibility related lawsuits that began around October 2015 is certainly a new trend in this space. While lawsuits around web accessibility are certainly not new, the frequency and volume we’ve seen in 2016 definitely is. […]

Some tough love: Stop the excuses, already.

Over a year ago, Dale Cruse called me “militant” about accessibility. I know I use strong language at times, but I actively try to have a softer touch. I think he meant it kindly anyway, but I worried a little. “Do I come off too strong?” I wondered. I get a lot of compliments on […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Overlays as a means of resolving website accessibility issues

Recently an article has been making the rounds: Should Accessibility Overlay Tools Be Used as a Strategic Part of your Accessibility Efforts. Some have asked me what my thoughts are on this topic and I feel compelled to share a few comments, because the article discusses a handful of emerging approaches. I’ve already shared my […]