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Carrot vs stick: do lawsuits lead to more accessible websites?

Henny Swan writes powerfully about Disney’s “farcical” refusal to make their website more accessible after a class action brought recently by three visually impaired ladies. I won’t repeat Henny’s arguments or his helpful suggestions to Disney, but I will ask this: Will lawsuits make the web more accessible? Should we roll up the legal code

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The mobile-friendly, accessible web – does motivation matter?

Does it matter what motivates people to make their websites more accessible? Because as we know, web developers are now building more accessible websites not to help disabled users but to adapt to the increasing use of mobile internet devices. If the end result is a more accessible website, does it matter whether the developer

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Help blind users read your blog = help everyone

How to help blind and visually impaired users access your blog – and help all users in the process It’s paradoxical – but extremely useful – that improving the usability of your blog for blind and visually impaired users will make it look better too. But why should a blind person care what my blog

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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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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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WordPress accessibility plugins

In an effort to find a shortcut to website accessibility, I’ve been checking out some WordPress “accessibility” plugins. I was hoping that some helpful techies would come up with a few easy-use plugins to help the rest of us out. Google+

 
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Accessible WordPress theme

One of the difficulties I’m having with this blog is that it’s on a WordPress platform. Which is great for blogging, but hard to manipulate (unless you’re highly technically skilled) to make it more accessible. Google+

 
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Revising the ADA: web accessibility

How does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relate to the accessibility of websites? Until now, it hasn’t really. When the ADA was enacted in 1990, the internet (at least in its current all-pervasive form) did not exist. There have since been several high-profile lawsuits relating to the ADA and the accessibility of websites, but

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