Back when I was a student in classic literature and creative writing some 20 years ago, one of our teachers showed how perception is often more important than the message we mean to convey. On the very first day, as we entered the room, seven words were written on the blackboard: "A woman without her man is nothing." The teacher was standing in the front… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: Perception is everything
Town Hall with Shawn Lauriat from Google Our next #a11ychat will take place on May 20th from 4-5pm EDT (note the time change!), and will feature a very special guest: Shawn Lauriat, a software engineer at Google since 2011, focusing on accessibility of Google Docs. Shawn will be answering questions during the #a11ychat and talking about accessibility and Google Docs. The Deque team, including Glenda Sims,… Continue Reading May #a11ychat
Here are some notable accessibility links from around the web this week: Why did Mr. Rogers always make a point of mentioning out loud when he was feeding his fish? - Reddit "BBC Olympics: An Accessibility Case Study" - Alistair Duggin on SlideShare "Overcoming Accessibility Challenges of Web Conferencing" - IBM "Accessibility: Front and Center" - Bruce Maas, CIO of University of Wisconsin-Madison "Making Accessible Icon Buttons" -… Continue Reading Accessibility Round-Up – April 12, 2013
Ambiguous Guidelines? The April #a11ychat is coming up on Monday the 15th from 5-6pm EDT. The topic is "Violation or Best Practice?" We will discuss the many accessibility guidelines whose interpretation can sometimes be ambiguous: accessibility issues that are often perceived as actual violations, while they may in fact only be best practice (and vice versa). The Deque team of Denis Boudreau, Glenda Sims, Todd Liebsch, Paul… Continue Reading #a11ychat Coming up on Monday!
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is coming! Thursday, May 9th, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and according to GAAD it "is a community-driven effort whose goal is to dedicate one day to raising the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible." The event was started in November 2011 by Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion,… Continue Reading Global Accessibility Awareness Day
In last month's post, I discussed the need to take a step back in the way we advocate for inclusion so the community of people who build websites would enjoy more breathing room when it came to implementing Web accessibility best practices in their work. This post is about forgetting what we want for a minute and thinking about what designers and developers want, about… Continue Reading Pragmatica11y: A New Approach to Web Accessibility – Learning to Let Go