Accessible Usable Design
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May 31, 2003
Sorry about my short leave of absence.
I'm back and I'll start by revisiting the status of
Southwest Airlines' site.
As you might recall, a
lawsuit was filed because the site was unusable
by a visually impaired person. While the lawsuit instigated minor
improvements to the site, Southwest finally is going to
work with a third party vendor
to make their site "accessible".
May 9, 2003
Jason Lefkowitz provides an "interesting", (that's the nicest way to put it),
review of his experiences with Bobby 5.0
Web accessibility testing software from
Watchfire. His biggest gripes involve the generated
accessibility reports and the "interesting" software licensing changes.
May 6, 2003
Bob Regan from
Macromedia just started a
blog focused on Flash accessibility.
This should become an excellent resource, providing tips and much needed examples! His blog
will eventually delve into other topics, too.
May 5, 2003
Kynn Bartlett analyzed
why blind users can't register
at Slashdot. The gist of the problem is that
when you sign up, the site displays a generated image containing random letters that the user
has to enter. This is a security measure to prevent automated registration from those who may
abuse the use of their login. Since there isn't any alt text associated with the generated
image, visually impaired users or users with a non-graphical browser are unable to enter the
letters displayed. Another site that Kynn didn't mention that uses the same technique is
ticketmaster.com. You have to go through
a similar validation process to buy tickets online. Unfortunately, there doesn't yet seem to
be a feasible way to validate users that may have different disabilities, as well as those who use
May 2, 2003
Web accessibility matters! Some voters in the
UK found this out the hard
way. "The RNIB
(Royal National Institute of the Blind)
today revealed basic flaws in the design of several council
websites, which prevented many visually impaired people from voting in
yesterday's local elections."
I also found some more news about the proposed "formal" investigation into the
accessibility of UK Web sites.
Accessify.com's Ian Lloyd attended the
initial briefing from the DRC (Disability Research Council).
He wrote a lengthy but interesting post
summarizing his thoughts about the meeting and what was discussed. I'm interested to see how this investigation
plays out. It could set interesting precedents or procedures that may be used abroad.
May 1, 2003
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
finally released a Working Draft of the
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
However, I suspect this document will undergo many more changes before it's
released as an official recommendation.