Accessible Usable Design
February 20, 2004
The official US Section 508 Web site
recently released STEP508.
STEP508 is software that analyzes the output of other Web accessibility evaluation tools, such as
It can compare the results of Web accessibility evaluation tools, prioritizes Web site
accessibility problems, and can track the progress of accessibility repair efforts.
download STEP508 (second release) for free,
but it's currently only for Windows users. That's probably why I haven't tried it yet.
February 17, 2004
Here's a hidden gem.
IBM's Accessibility Center
hosts Guido Corona's blog.
Mr. Corona is a
blind software engineer
who now advises IBM on accessibility issues. His blog presents accessibility concerns and
information from the perspective of someone who uses assistive technology on a regular
basis. This month, he's starting a six part series on the
evolution of nontraditional input and output for the blind.
February 11, 2004
Lynx— it's not just a
It's also a
text-based, free Web browser.
Some people consider it antiquated; others consider it "retro";
everyone should consider it an invaluable tool for testing Web sites. You can even
perform some basic accessibility checks, just by viewing the site using Lynx.
While it's quick and easy to use the
Lynx Viewer, it doesn't provide
the true Lynx user experience. Windows users who are new to Lynx don't have to be
intimidated or frustrated by it. There's now an easier way to
setup Lynx on a Windows NT/2000/XP system.
Lynx help files and
will help you learn how to use Lynx after you get it up and running.
February 2, 2004
The newly formed
of the Free Standards Group
aims to establish recommendations and standards that will make
Linux and other
open-source software more accessible to
people with disabilities. The
Workgroup includes members that represent major companies, important open-source initiatives or projects,
accessibility advocacy groups, and assistive technology vendors. It's wonderful that
a wider variety of people may soon have a greater choice of software and operating systems.
In the end, we'll all benefit.