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Improving accessibility for motor impaired users

Improving accessibility for motor impaired users is a great article from

Topics include:

  • Provide the largest possible area for links
  • Use a focus state for links
  • Provide a visible ‘skip to content’ link
  • Have users opt in for audio
  • What not to do
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Interview with Judy Brewer on WCAG 2.0

What’s the heck’s going on with WCAG 2.0? Last I heard turned out to be an April Fool’s joke!

Thankfully, Jared Smith of The Web Standards Project (and WebAIM) has interviewed Judy Brewer on the subject. Judy is the Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WCAG 2.0 is apparently in the second stage of four. Although moving very slowly, it seems many of the large concerns of the development community are being address (such as the complex language of the first draft).

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Top 5 Roadblocks to Web Accessibility

Here’s a detailed article from Karl Groves entitled Top 5 Roadblocks to Web Accessibility. He examines the following most common mistakes for an accessible web site:

  1. Dependence upon client side scripting to present navigation or important content
  2. Improper use of markup/Invalid markup
  3. Device dependence
  4. Lack of/improper use of alternative text for graphic and multimedia elements
  5. Improper creation of forms
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IBM Helps Blind ‘See’ Web Video

The BBC reports on a new technology from IBM that helps visually impaired access content of web video. The tool is codenamed “A-Browser” and should release later this year. IBM hopes to make it free.

Technology giant, IBM, is soon to launch a multimedia browser to make audio and video content accessible to people with vision impairments.

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Selecting an Accessible CMS

Here’s a good article from Juicy Studio on choosing a CMS with accessibility and other considerations in mind. The highest ranked were Quick and Easy, Plone, and Drupal (with “some customisation”).

The criteria used in the testing were:

  • functional, accessible and usable to authors with minimum experience
  • an accessible Web content management solution on a limited budget
  • the WYSIWYG editor should be accessible to screen reader users (JAWS and Window Eyes), and easy to use

The CMS’s evaluated were:

  • Jadu
  • Mambo
  • Joomla
  • Quick and Easy
  • Expression Engine
  • Plone
  • Drupal
  • Textpattern
  • Xoops
  • Typo3