Karl Groves

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Category Archives: Compliance

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 […]

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) […]

What to do when you get sued… (revisited)

Rather than re-write my post What happens when you get sued for your inaccessible website, I wanted to revisit the topic entirely. A few years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts about the “Accessibility Business Case” Ultimately, I determined that reduction of legal risk was the most powerful business case argument. Recent events […]

To Hell With Compliance

A few weeks ago, Asa and I added a page to Tenon’s documentation that lists What Tenon Tests in reaction to questions about “How much WCAG coverage” Tenon has. I had already covered, at a high level at least, what can be tested and how quite a while ago and, while Tenon only tests a […]

US DOJ Intervenes in NFB et al. vs. HR Block Case

From the US Department of Justice’s ADA office: The Justice Department announced today that it seeks to intervene in a lawsuit against HRB Digital, LLC and HRB Tax Group, Inc. (“Block”) in federal court in Boston to remedy violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The department’s proposed complaint in intervention in the lawsuit, […]

Understanding WCAG Level

With the upcoming eventual issuance of a Final Rule for Section 508 Refresh and deadlines for compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), as well as increasing rate of Web Accessibility-related lawsuits, I’ve become increasingly aware of people’s frequent misunderstanding of the purpose of what the term ‘Level’ represents in the Web […]

Ignorance is the Enemy

For those who work with me, one thing is clear: Nobody will ever accuse me of being overly positive, optimistic, and forgiving. Some of my Twitter followers even remember me from back when I was in my 20s – a period when anger & negativity were my trademarks. That’s run its course now, for sure, […]

Alexa Top 100 Accessibility

The following data comes from automated accessibility testing of the Alexa Top 100 US websites (minus the pr0n, search engines, social networks and sites primarily driven from user content) using AQUA and lists their performance from worst to best (based on density of errors per page). This information comes with the important caveat that it […]

Chasing the Web Accessibility Business Case – Part 1

During my 8+ years working in web usability and accessibility, I’ve frequently been party to or witnessed numerous conversations relating to the “business case” or “cost justification” of usability and accessibility efforts. In my opinion, the conversations usually don’t go well – particularly on the side of the usability/ accessibility advocate. Here’s how they usually […]

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 […]