Category: RSS

Announcing the New Web Axe Website!

Welcome to the new Web Axe website, WebAxe.org! The RSS feed has also changed. It is now: http://www.webaxe.org/feed/

After over 7 years on Blogger, the website has moved to WordPress. It uses a fairly customized version of the Blaskan theme. Two important plug-ins used are WP Accessibility and WP-Accessible Twitter feed.

Reasons for the change include a fresh responsive design; a shorter and more accurate domain name; and, of course, to get off Blogger (which itself has many reasons, too many to list!)

What do you think of the new site?

Podcast #84: Web Axe 5-Year Anniversary

In celebration of its 5th anniversary, Dennis and Ross discuss the history of Web Axe and several memorable moments. Then, nine special guests provide excellent insight and information relating to web accessibility including Paul Boag and Bruce Lawson. It’s great stuff, don’t miss it!

Download Web Axe Episode 84 (Web Axe 5-Year Anniversary)

[Transcript of podcast 84]

Some History

Memorable Moments

Special Episode Podcast Contributors

Addendum: Podcast Corrections

  • Steve Grobschmidt’s last name was announced incorrectly (it’s not “Aquinas”, that’s part of his Twitter handle).
  • We state that there are 8 guest speakers; there’s actually 9!
  • We mentioned that Boagworld is no longer podcasting, but failed to mention that they plan on returning in January 2011. (Paul mentions this in his commentary.)

Free Browsers for Visual Impairment

I recently came across an article from disaboom called “Assistive Technology: Top 8 Free Browsers for Visual Impairment and More“. The link was also popular on Twitter. But one problem, there are no links to the mentioned browser! So I went and found them:

  1. WebbIE -accessible browser, RSS news reader and more.
  2. EdWebtalking web browser that can display web pages as text and symbols.
  3. Fire Vox – Talking Browser Extension for Firefox (add-on page).
  4. CliCk, Speak – less advanced version of Fire Vox.
  5. Orca – speedy and powerful Gecko-based browser.
  6. Simply Web 2000 – outdated; optimized for Internet Explorer 5.
  7. SpeakOn -PC-based media suite program (four apps).
  8. Thunder – package contains the WebbIE Text browser and more.

I’d like to add that Disaboom is a pretty nice site. In their words:

Disaboom is the leading resource for disability information and real-life articles about people with disabilities. Our broad range of topics, including health conditions, lifestyle, and helpful resources, help you create the life you want.

Web Axe RSS Reader Stats

Just thought it would be interesting to post some statistics for the Web Axe RSS feed, provided by FeedBurner.

So what reader/aggregator application are people using? The stats last July were much more balanced. But now, Google’s Reader (or Feedfetcher) is still at number one, but has approximately 8 times higher usage than iTunes (and that’s Mac and Windows combined). Netvibes is next on the list, which is one of my favorite tools.

As far as readership goes, it’s been increasing pretty well. In just 3 months so far this year Web Axe has increased its subscriber rate by over six hundred, more than 33%! There are almost 1,900 RSS followers. Thank you Web Axe readers!

Chart of RSS Reader Applications

Google Feedfetcher: 1208; iTunes (Mac): 100; Netvibes: 89; NewGator Online: 71; iTunes (Windows): 58; Bloglines: 52; Windows RSS Platform: 21; Odeo 19.