So another year has gone by, and another bigger and better for web accessibility! One good sign is that I’ve noticed lots of job openings related to web accessibility, you probably noticed multiple posts on that this year. And more lawsuits going on as well, which I believe is an evil necessity to wake up many companies on the topic.
The “Fixing Alt” series continued which provides alternative text for various web pages in the wild. Check out two for The Oatmeal: the Netflix Comic on the company’s pricing fiasco, and 6 Reasons Bacon Is Better Than True Love.
We had a couple guest blogs including Jennison’s IT Accessibility Goes To Camp. Mid-year, Web Axe joined Facebook, serving as another great avenue to share the good word. And, now you can order your own Web Axe T-shirt!
2011 was also a big year for Easy Chirp, created by Web Axe author Dennis Lembree. The accessible Twitter web app was renamed from “Accessible Twitter” and was a recipient of the AFB 2011 Access Award.
Dennis was busy in November and gave presentations for the @AccessibilityDC meetup, How To Build An Accessible Web Application, and for EASI, Twitter and Accessibility.
Other great blogs this year:
Dennis vents about frustrations around web accessibility and revisit the “game plan”. He and Ross also discuss some great recent articles and review several upcoming web accessibility events.
Download Web Axe Episode 92 (Frustrated)
[Transcript of podcast 92]
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Ross’ book update.
California court rules for JetBlue:
Old Twitter gone for good; New Twitter not accessible.
Unfortunately, after 20 years since the World Wide Web opened to the public, I’d have to say that accessibility is worse than ever.
Web Camp/Unconference Reminders
Accessibility Camp Montreal
Friday, August 26, 2011
Boston Accessibility Unconference
Saturday, September 17, 10am to 5pm EST
Accessibility Camp Toronto
Saturday, September 24
Toronto, Canada (OCAD University)
Twitter: @A11yCampTO Email: a11ycampto at gmail dot com
Web Accessibility London Unconference
Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 10am to 4pm
London, UK (City University London)
Accessibility Camp DC
Saturday, October 22
MLK Library in Washington, DC
Dennis and Ross discuss the “Accessibility Game Plan”, a couple good CSS tips, upcoming events, and a few lawsuits, and more!
Download Web Axe Episode 91 (Game Plan, CSS, Lawsuits & Events)
Transcript of podcast 91
The Game Plan
Careful with CSS
Conferences & Events
It’s unfortunate that soon after Disney Parks & Resorts receives an award for accessibility from the AFB, an announcement is made for a Class Action Lawsuit Against Disney Alleges Inaccessible Websites. The lawsuit cites Disney’s failure to accommodate blind persons in violation of ADA. Read more in this article by Nic Steenhout (@vavroom): Lawsuit Against Disney For Lack Of Accessibility.
Here are more headlines involving law and accessibility over the last few months, mostly web accessibility: