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.
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Ross’ book update.
California court rules for JetBlue:
- Court Rules in Favor of JetBlue – Airline Websites and Kiosks Not Covered by State Law (@LFLegal)
- Why JetBlue, FAA [and DOT] are on the wrong side of justice (by @blindtravel)
- Airlines Continue to Evade Accessibility of Check-In Kiosks and Websites (by COAT)
Old Twitter gone for good; New Twitter not accessible.
- The official word about the final rollout of New Twitter.
- Forced to use New Twitter & unable to use it? Try the robust and web-accessible Easy Chirp (@EasyChirp). On iPhone, try TweetList.
Unfortunately, after 20 years since the World Wide Web opened to the public, I’d have to say that accessibility is worse than ever.
- Laws haven’t improved. Section 508 static for over a decade. See above. Target wan’t found guilty.
- Social media, banking, and Olympic websites not accessible. Google Plus Keyboard Accessibility (Web Axe)
- Widgets and services. DISQUS: Shutting Out the Blindness Community from Discussion
- Even government websites not accessible!
- Even the W3C removing accessibility markup and attributes without an adequate substitute e.g. longdesc, summary. Leaving accessibility for last e.g. video captions.
- Provide website feedback to Fix The Web.
- Users Must Become Their Own Advocates by Karl Groves.
- Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan by Karl Groves.
- Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites by W3C.
- Join the Contrast Rebellion!
- Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization by W3C.
- Prioritizing Web Usability, book by Jakob Nielsen 2006.
- A simple introduction to web accessibility by Ian Hamilton, BBC.
- More from 4Syllables (@Writing4Web):
- Web Accessibility and SEO from WebAIM.
- Popular Mistakes in Universal Web Design by Dennis on Design Festival.
- 30 (Million) Reasons for Accessible Design (not web specific)
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!
- Ross’ book update
- Accessible Twitter is now Easy Chirp!
The Game Plan
- Barriers to Improving the Accessibility Game Plan
- Accessibility: Let’s put away the wrecking ball!
- It about semantics (pun): universal design, inclusive design
- Educate others in a web camp, Refresh chapter, UPA.
- Share your and others’ solutions.
- Practice what you preach.
- Advocate accessibility groups, websites, etc.
Careful with CSS
- Testing the accessibility of the CSS-generated content (with before/after pseudo selectors)
- CSS Background Images and Accessibility
- Berkeley-based nonprofit sues CNN.com for not captioning online videos and CNN Being Sued For Lack Of Closed-Captioning Online
- National Association of the Deaf Files Disability Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Netflix and Netflix sued by deaf group over lack of subtitles
- Court to Hear Argument in JetBlue Accessibility Case. “JetBlue has asked Judge to throw the case out of court, arguing that California’s disability civil rights laws do not apply to JetBlue’s website or kiosks.”
- Just announced: Blind Students Sue Florida State University for Discrimination
Conferences & Events
- AccessU keynote by Dennis
- Accessibility at Google IO 2011
- Events July thru Dec 2011 & IT Accessibility Goes To Camp
- Scotiabank seeks a Project Leader Accessibility and Inclusion (contract), Toronto, Canada
- Mozilla seeks an Accessibility Engineer
- New Editions Consulting (for DHS?) seeks a Senior Accessibility Analyst in Washington, DC. Ability to successfully complete a secret clearance is required.
- Just announced: Web Accessibility Engineer at MIT
In cased you missed the news a few weeks ago, the web-accessible Twitter application “Accessible Twitter” changed its name to “Easy Chirp“. Here’s the original Web Overhauls press release. Nice to see the story made it to other PR and news sites including MyNewsDesk.com, PR.com, and Accessible Insights.
Reasons for the change are explained in the press release.
The name change is due to several reasons, the foremost is that the Twitter rules of use for third-party applications does not allow the word “Twitter” in the name of the application. Also, the word “easy” is simpler to understand than “accessible”, especially to those not in the accessibility or disability communities. And, the new name is considerably shorter, especially important with the 140-character limit in Twitter statuses, better known as tweets.
The former Twitter name/handle caused a delay in the update of two application settings that could only be resolved by changing the name.
Earlier this year, Easy Chirp/Accessible Twitter received the American Foundation for the Blind 2011 Access Award.
The next in our “Fixing Alt” series is the Mr. Twitter comic on Agent-X Comics. Here’s the alternative text for yet another comic which lacks it. The alt and title attributes are both blank. Sad.
So here the text description:
Image: Two men standing by wall with poster of man with sunglasses, mustache and bow tie. The poster reads “Mr. Twitter, the master of impersonation. Tonight only.”
Man 1: Why do they call him Mr. Twitter?
Man 2: Because he only does 140 characters.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!