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Colors & Accessibility

Did you know that 1 in 12 people have some sort of color deficiency? This episode discusses colors and web accessibility including color contrast, conveying meaning through color, and CSS colors.

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Awareness/Ignorance of Web Accessibility

The toughest problem facing web accessibility is awareness. I’m surprised frankly, that there haven’t been more official complaints or court cases against an inaccessible web site, and they are the vast majority on the web. Fortunately, Target is currently being sued by the NFB!

I’ve recently started a new company, CheckEngine USA (now Web Overhauls), that focuses on web accessibility and web standards, but who cares? I’m having problems getting clients because no one is even aware of what this is and why it’s important. I hope the U.S. gets more serious about theses issues and follow the lead of the U.K. and Australia. Not only for my sake, but everyone else’s.

Furthermore, it seems that most web design companies themselves are quite ignorant of the subject and use web accessibility. So not only must I educate potentials customers, but also web designers (in order to have any chance of winning consultation services).

Are you facing the same issue?

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About Captioning

Topics include why captioning, methods of captioning, and challenges such as transcription.

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AJAX Hype?

Yes, AJAX is very cool. This is a newer combination of technologies that allows instant, more interactive web content through communication between client and server without refreshing a page (GoogleMaps is most common example). But this can only work if the user agent (a.k.a. browser) has Javascript enabled and can handle XMLHttpRequest. There are also usability issues, such as the user not being aware of automatic content and formatting changes. What are your thoughts? Experiences?

Check out this great article on the subject from WebAim on the subject:
Accessibility of AJAX Application

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Accessible tableless forms

There are tables, there are forms, and there is accessibility. How should you use, or not use, these on a web page?

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Sample XHTML:

Sample CSS:
form div {
clear: left;
padding .5em 0 0;
margin: 0.5em 0px 0px;
form div label {
font-weight: bold;
float: left;
width: 10em;
margin-right: 1em;