What an incredible start to today

This morning I’m sitting here in bed as I do virtually every morning: Working on one of many programming projects. Sometimes they’re “official” projects and sometimes just experiments. The big difference today is that I’m in San Jose, CA for Open Web Camp. About 45 minutes ago I spoke briefly with my wife. As I […]

Affirming the Consequent

Today I came across a post by Simon Harper titled Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools Only Produce a 60-70% Correctness which is essentially a response to my earlier critique of a seriously flawed academic paper. I submitted a response on Simon’s site, but I want to copy it here for my regular readers. One thing that […]

Tutorial: Creating a PHP class to use with Tenon.io

Introduction Just wanna get the code? All of the code for this tutorial is available at an open repository on BitBucket Tenon.io is an API that facilitates quick and easy JavaScript-aware accessibility testing. The API accepts a large number of request parameters that allow you to customize how Tenon does its testing and returns its […]

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 that 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 […]

Open Accessibility Testing needs YOU

Several weeks before CSUN 2014, John Foliot approached myself and others about a Hackathon at CSUN. The idea was a grand one: ARIA is here (cue the cheering), but working devs still need to deal with backward compatibility – what works where, and what doesn’t work where? I’m sure a number of you have started […]

Everything you know about accessibility testing is wrong (Part 4)

…how many bigger issues have we missed wasting our time fixing this kind of crap? @thebillygregory Literally every single audit report I’ve ever done includes issues relating to the following: Missing alt attributes for images Missing explicit relationships between form fields and their labels Tables without headers or without explicit relationships between header cells and […]

Looking forward to CSUN 2014

I’m currently wrapping up the rest of my work for the week and getting ready for the annual pilgrimage to San Diego for the annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, otherwise known as “CSUN”. Unlike previous years, I have relatively few presentations. I’m glad about that, really, because it means I can spend […]