Category Archives: Managing Accessibility

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. […]

The End User Uber Alles or, you got your reality in my idealism

As a web developer, one of the biggest sources of frustration is developing a website that works across the wide array of user agents and operating systems the visitor may be using. The web standards movement was supposed to "fix" that. It did make good progress and then CSS3, HTML5, and HTML5 multimedia and mobile […]

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 […]

Selling Accessibility: Framing the message

Yesterday I was doing some cleaning of my computer’s files and came across the slide deck for Selling Accessibility (which you can see under Presentations). It also reminded me of two things littering my desk for a while which I “borrowed” from my room at the Marriott in San Diego during last year’s CSUN Conference: […]

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 […]

Choosing an Automated Accessibility Testing Tool: 13 Questions you should ask

I gave a presentation on this topic at this year’s CSUN Conference on Disabilities. Due to the popularity of that session, I figured I’d share the salient points in a blog post. The below information is mostly relevant for organizations who are in the market for an enterprise level accessibility testing tool along the lines […]

Ten blunt things I wish I could tell clients

Talking with clients & potential clients is always tricky. The last thing I want to do is offend someone, but there are some things I wish I could say up front and with frankness. As the saying goes, sometimes the truth hurts, so in the interest of politeness these messages are often skipped or glossed […]

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 […]

Web Accessibility Testing: What Can be Tested and How

The Short Version Read this if you’re disinclined to read the entire list of specific WCAG Success Criterion and look at how each can be tested. If someone was to ask me what I consider to be my biggest strengths when it comes to accessibility, I’d say it is in testing. I’ve been involved in […]