Here's a hat tip to
Nick Finck at Digital Web
for finding the awesome
color scheme picker
that was developed by
Not only does the color scheme picker provide Web safe hexadecimal values for
colors, it also allows you to select a color blindness so that you can preview how the color
combinations may appear to users with that form of color blindness!
Happy Second Anniversary!
This accessibility Weblog is two years old today.
Thanks again, Cam, for your
help and encouragement during the creation of this site!
If you need a good chuckle, you might appreciate David MacDonald's song lyrics,
"It's Fun to Write the WCAG",
(sung to the tune of "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People). He's also talented enough to
actually perform it! Download the mp3 version off the lyrics page for free.
This reminds me of the
Jakob Nielsen parody song
I wrote last year. Alas, I'm not musically talented. If there are any musically-gifted
geeks who would like to perform my lyrics, please email me:
<anitra at anitrapavka dot com>.
Now for something useful. Have you ever wondered what the
W3C meant when they wrote
"Ensure that foreground and background
color combinations provide sufficient contrast"? If so,
Colour Contrast Analyser
should clear up any confusion. Enter the
hexadecimal values for two colors and the Analyzer will use the W3C's
color contrast algorithm to calculate if the colors have "sufficient contrast".
Brown University recently released a
study of state and Federal government Web sites.
The study focused on site usability and accessibility, (among other things). They measured
compliance with the W3C
WCAG 1.0 Priority One checkpoints and
US Section 508
guidelines. Here is an excerpt from an
article about the study that
summarizes some of the findings:
In this year's study, 33 percent of state and federal sites satisfied the W3C
standard of accessibility, and 24 percent met the guidelines for Section 508.
Federal sites (47 percent) are more likely than state sites (33 percent) to meet the
W3C standard of accessibility. Researchers found little difference between state
sites (24 percent) and federal sites (22 percent) in meeting Section 508
If you want to know what Web accessibility resources are available online,
check out AccessibleNet.org.
It's a directory of accessibility-related links. It's still beta, so if
submit a site
and help complete the directory.
AccRepair for Flash MX 2004.
This is the first third party software I've heard about that aims to correct and ensure
presentations are accessible. Here's an excerpt from the press release that describes it:
AccRepair for Flash steps users through several tests that allow them to validate
that their Flash presentation is accessible, providing a facility for developers
to correct accessibility issues in an interactive manner. The solution provides an
interactive interface through which Flash developers can create presentations that
will conform to recommended accessibility guidelines.
The EuroAccessibility Consortium
recently added lots of new content to their site. That includes defining the group's
electing groups to the
and creating Web accessibility-related
They also invite new members and technical partners
As you peruse the site, their
Glossary page may come in
handy since acronyms and abbreviations abound.