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, […]

Issue Reporting: How to ensure your issue report is successful

Issue tracking systems employed by development teams can often be configured in a variety of ways, but they almost always have the same basic configuration that asks for essentially the same information. When creating an issue in an issue tracking system, the following guidance should be followed to ensure that developers can quickly and accurately […]

Taking Accessibility to the Mainstream

For years I’ve been saying that accessibility people need to branch out to the mainstream. Preaching to the converted doesn’t really help much when it comes to increasing mainstream adoption of accessibility as a way of thinking. Developers typically don’t have any depth of understanding when it comes to accessibility. Developers need to know … […]

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 […]

Diagnostic.css – Super quick web accessibility testing

In my quest to make accessibility accessible, I’ve created a super-easy-to-use tool that people can use to do accessibility testing. If you can view the page in the browser, you can use this tool. Diagnostic.css is a CSS (Cascading Stylesheets) file which, when applied to a web page, will highlight accessibility errors in the page. […]

Web Accessibility Testing Tools: Who tests the DOM?

Earlier this year, I put up the Mother Effing Tool Confuser to help those who may be looking for an automated web accessibility testing tool make an educated decision. I’ve recently decided to do some of my own testing to see which tools do and don’t test the DOM. To do so, I used the […]

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 […]

CSS generated content is not content

CSS is designed primarily to enable the separation of document content (written in HTML or a similar markup language) from document presentation. Prior to CSS, nearly all of the presentational attributes of HTML documents were contained within the HTML markup; all font colors, background styles, element alignments, borders and sizes had to be explicitly described, […]

Eating My Own Dog Food: BotSmasher Web Service

A little over a year ago, I posted CAPTCHA-less Security in which I outline several methods of thwarting illegitimate users of websites using methods that don’t rely on CAPTCHA. As I mentioned then, CAPTCHA solutions are inaccessible and, ultimately, not as reliable as one might think. In practice, CAPTCHA systems do often work at thwarting […]