Category Archives: Agile Accessibility

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 […]

Everything you know about accessibility is wrong (Part 3)

In the previous post in this series, I ended with a discussion that “current automatic accessibility testing practices take place at the wrong place and wrong time and is done by the wrong people” but really this applies to all accessibility testing. Of course every organization is different, but my experience substantiates the statement quite […]

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 […]

Everything you know about accessibility testing is wrong (part 1)

My first experience with accessibility and, therefore, accessibility testing, came from Bobby. In 1995, CAST launched Bobby as a free public service to make the burgeoning World Wide Web more accessible to individuals with disabilities. Over the next decade, Bobby helped novice and professional Web designers analyze and make improvements to millions of Web pages. […]

Some thoughts on automated web accessibility testing

My feelings about automated accessibility testing have vacillated throughout my career. My introduction to accessibility was through automated testing. As a new web developer I began applying to jobs with US government contractors shortly after 508′s grace period ended. I was rejected several times because my work failed a test by Bobby, the most popular […]

The 6 Simplest Web Accessibility Tests Anyone Can Do

What if I told you that the WCAG 2.0 recommendation by the W3C is 36 pages, printed? In addition, “How to Meet WCAG 2.0″ is 44 pages and “Understanding WCAG 2.0″ 230 pages. Not only that, but the accompanying Techniques and Failures for WCAG 2.0 is 780 pages, printed. There are approximately 400 Techniques and […]

Tracking Web Accessibility Success

I’ve previously talked about Prioritization and even given presentations on the topic, which I quite enjoy. Prioritization is a topic which I enjoy thinking about because I like to think about ways to get the most benefit from accessibility efforts in the shortest possible time. For me, the end goal is always a more accessible […]

My Presentation Schedule at CSUN 2013 Conference

We’re just a little under a month away from the biggest conference in ICT accessibility, affectionately known as CSUN, but officially titled ” International Conference on Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities”, so I figured I’d put up a list of my sessions. As is the case with all conferences, exact times & locations are […]

Web Accessibility Testing: Do Automatic Testing First

Ask any ten accessibility people how they test for accessibility and you’re bound to get a different answer from each one . Some people test with JAWS or other assistive technologies and, if they can use the site, they “pass” it. Some people subject the site to a series of ad hoc tests for things […]

How Expensive is Web Accessibility?

Nothing. Done.Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just say accessibility costs nothing? In fact, that’s what some people (including myself) have said. As far as I’m concerned, that’s exactly what it costs when I make websites because I’ve been doing it so long that developing accessibly is just how things get done. But that’s […]