Archive for the 'accessibilty' Category

Breakfast at Milk and Honey

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Anybody who knows me, knows I am not a morning person. So breakfast reviews will be a rare occurrence, …

It is 2009 and some people still do not get accessibility

Friday, August 28th, 2009

At the Gov2.0 taskforce roadshow I ended up in conversation with a representative of one Department bemoaning the fact the Government will not give them extra money to make their websites WCAG 1.0 level 2 compliant.

Elastic or not?

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

I am looking for your views on an issue I am having with a design for a new website at work. I am a fan of elastic design (which you might of noticed if you are reading this via my blog). The original intention was to have a basic design for the smaller (< 900px […]

Is the Premier’s home page worth $1.50 to visit?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The site of the Western Australian Premier is one of the alarming number of websites that are built just for broadband users, while ignoring those on dialup or those on expensive mobile broadband networks. The home page in question weighs in at over hefty 750kb. Which is fine for business and home users with decent broadband, but not everybody has access to fast and cheap broadband in Western Australia.

I am not just talking about outback Western Australia …

Captioning Sucks

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Captioning Sucks link to website

Up until a couple of years ago, I mistakenly believed that captioning was just a souped up version of subtitling. I was very wrong.

I learnt a lot about captioning working with a hearing impaired colleague to arrange captioning of a work video, a few years ago.

One of the main issues is there is no standard or even code of practise for captioning in Australia …

The W3C are listening

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Or at least the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group are. I have just reading the latest changes to the WCAG 2.0 last call draft and I am impressed, it looks like a lot of mine and other people’ concerns have been address. It requires further reading, but it looks like a big improvement over the last draft.

Joe Clark finds me patronising

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Joe Clark finds me patronising

Joe Clark is using micropatronage to support the funding of a research project. Micropatronage is getting lots of small donations from many people. If you participate you will not be funding the Open and Closed Project, but supporting Joe as he tries to raise the money some $7 million dollars canadian for the life of the project (or at least CA$400,000 for the first year).

I participated, not because I am friends with Joe. From what I know about Joe, if we physically meet, violence (of a verbal nature) is the most likely outcome. But because I believe in what the Open and Closed Project is trying to do write standards for captioning, audio description, subtitling, and dubbing. And know that Joe is passionate about the cause and is the best person for the task.

Flash, browsers, OSes & accessibility

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

aka things I learnt this week part 2

I am currently reading Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance and I am learning a few interesting things. I have been selectively reading chapters, the chapter I have found most interesting so far is Accessible Flash. Which says for flash to be accessible to a screen reader, the user must have:

Accessible Forms presentation

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Unfortunately, I spent a too much time preparing my Accessibility Law in Australia presentation and not enough time preparing this presentation. What should of been 30 minutes plus on techniques to make forms more accessible and usable, end up being 10 minutes or so going through a number of points that should of been expanded…

Accessibility Law in Australia presentation

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Some people who listen to podcast or read the transcript (both available soon) of my presentation on Accessibility Law in Australia to the Perth Web Standards Group may think I was downplaying the importance of accessibility law (the Disability Discrimination Act 1992) in Australia. That was not my intention, what I wanted to do was reflect the current situation.

Very few people make complaints about website accessibility in Australia…