Posts By Glenda Sims

Glenda Sims is the Team A11Y Lead at Deque, where she shares her expertise and passion for the open web with government organizations, educational institutions, and companies ranging in size from small business enterprise. Glenda is an adviser and co-founder of AIR-University (Accessibility Internet Rally) and AccessU. She serves as an accessibility consultant, judge, and trainer for Knowbility, an organization whose mission is to support the independence of people with disabilities by promoting the availability of barrier free IT. In 2010 Glenda co-authored the book InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to Web Design.

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Accessibility Prioritization: Your Tactical Roadmap [Part 2]

In the post I published a few days ago I shared how to  efficiently create a strategic accessibility prioritization plan.The strategy is based on the fundamentals of  defining a standard and identifying core digital properties and functions of your business.  – in order to help you understand how to prioritize what to fix first. Now that we’ve laid the groundwork for your accessibility strategy, it’s… Continue Reading Accessibility Prioritization: Your Tactical Roadmap [Part 2]

Accessibility Prioritization: Laying the Foundation with a Strategic Plan [Part 1]

Stategic A11Y Prioritization Matrix. Litigation risk on x-axis. User impact on y-axis.

You know you have accessibility issues that need to be fixed…yesterday. Maybe you’ve hired an accessibility consultant to tell you what’s wrong with your site or mobile application.  If you’ve hired an accessibility consultant, most likely they’ve given you an assessment with a list of all the issues. At Deque, for example, the first accessibility project with new clients is often an  assessment and remediation… Continue Reading Accessibility Prioritization: Laying the Foundation with a Strategic Plan [Part 1]

Drawing Inspiration from Traumatic Brain Injury

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  I was deeply inspired by a conversation I recently had with Anne Forrest, one of the nation’s leading patient advocates for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Anne suffered a mild TBI herself during a car accident in 1997. I had the pleasure to attend her first presentation after her injury, to Dr. John Slatin’s class on accessibility at the University of Texas Institute… Continue Reading Drawing Inspiration from Traumatic Brain Injury

A breakdown of Deque’s web accessibility testing process…

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At Deque, one of the services we offer is a “full-package” evaluation of individual web pages for accessibility. This kind of evaluation can be broken down into testing with accessibility testing tools like FireEyes and WorldSpace, testing with a screen reader like JAWS, keyboard-only testing, and, finally, writing up the evaluation. I recently polled my team members to see how much time they spend on… Continue Reading A breakdown of Deque’s web accessibility testing process…

Web Accessibility for Information Architects – Part I

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This post is the first in a two-part series about Accessibility and Information Architecture by Deque Director of Consulting Methodology & Quality, Glenda Sims. Part II will be published on February 27th. Information architecture (IA) is the blueprint for web design. The purpose of information architecture is to analyze, organize, and label information on websites so that real people (not involved with the design and development of… Continue Reading Web Accessibility for Information Architects – Part I

Manual Accessibility Testing as Part of Your 360˚ Approach to Web Testing

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360˚ Web Testing: Post 3 of 4 Automated accessibility testing is an integral part of your 360˚ approach to accessibility testing, but there are some issues that require manual testing. To get a truly comprehensive testing process, you have got to bite the bullet and experience the page with: A screen reader, Speakers and microphone off No mouse You will need to run three test cycles: one… Continue Reading Manual Accessibility Testing as Part of Your 360˚ Approach to Web Testing