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Blind and visually impaired web users – in brief

Statistics on blind and visually impaired adults in the US According to the American Foundation for the Blind’s useful Statistical Snapshots website, 25.2 million adult Americans reported they either “have trouble” seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all. [Source: 2008 National Health Interview

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Accessible technology: a reality check?

Disclaimer: This post is a ‘devil’s advocate’ assignment for my master’s course in Interactive Communications at Quinnipiac University. It is true that we can all benefit from firming up the business case for accessible technology, but the sentiments expressed below are not truly mine. Are we wrong about accessible technology? Are we preaching to the

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Social media makes no money; accessibility makes money and friends

When it comes to money, social media and emerging technologies, we appear to be horribly caught up in the wheels of a runaway bandwagon. Consider this paradox. Social media – although clearly and irredeemably unprofitable – is attracting billions of dollars in an ever-ballooning bubble of investment. Meanwhile, designing websites and devices that are accessible

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Rethinking accessibility – inclusive design

I saw a little girl, last weekend, sitting scrunched up in a too-big, too-pink dress, all alone at the side of a playground. She looked forlorn. The mums were chatting on a bench outside, oblivious. My heart squeezed – like someone trying to get the last drips out of a teabag – then a wonderful

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Accessibility testing by real people

Website accessibility is not about ticking boxes or passing automated web validation tests. It’s about real people being able to use your website. So why is it so difficult to find real people with real disabilities who will test your website and give recommendations? I’ve been toying with the idea of combining accessibility testing with

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Report bad websites: Fix the Web

You’re having trouble with an inaccessible website  – what do you do? Probably mutter in frustration, leave and go elsewhere, and end up having to ask for help or abandon whatever it was you were trying to do online. That’s a broken system: we need a way to tell webmasters which aspects of their websites

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Using a screenreader isn’t easy

Sighted users who are in any doubt about the difficulty of using a screenreader to browse the internet should check out this home video demo of the JAWS screenreader from YouTube: Google+

 
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Should we test websites using screenreaders?

Interesting question being flung around Twitter at the moment is whether web developers should use screenreaders to test websites for accessibility. While it’s valuable to experience your web content as a blind person would, it may not be as easy as it sounds. Using a screenreader takes skill and practice. Even common ones such as

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UK Business Leaders Put Heads Together For Accessible Technology

Guy Davies, access consultant at South Africa-based Disability Solutions, has just told me about a “really exciting, dynamic project” in the UK. The Business Taskforce on Accessible Technology was set up by the UK’s Employers’ Forum on Disability because: The technology which should liberate talent and productivity increasingly makes it unnecessarily difficult to recruit and

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How does the Equality Act 2010 affect website accessibility?

The UK’s Equality Act 2010 will come into force next week on October 1, 2010. It will replace many provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 and its subsequent amendments. The DDA essentially made it unlawful to treat disabled people less favorably than others just because of their disability. If you provide a service

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