Author: John

April 3, 2013

Related to Bug 854848 – Support the longdesc attribute

Talk about a sore loser… With respect to the Mozilla bug-tracker (where I originally wrote this, and then counted to ten – err, rather 8 before changing my mind), here is my original unvarnished response to Ian Hickson’s comments.

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March 19, 2013

Better, but…

Roughly 3 years ago (late April, 2010) I wrote a Rant entitled ‘A Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary’ where I got all hissy about the fact that the transcripts of the invited experts to the Hearing on Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age were posted in inaccessible PDF files: big giant pictures (the most evil of PDFs)!

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March 12, 2013

Words With Dignity

Often, web developers and others responsible for producing accessible web content are at a loss to describe the various forms of disability their users may be dealing with. While we always want to avoid labeling any person by their specific disability, we must also recognize the various disabilities people deal with on a daily basis. Using the correct terms eases discussing the needs of these specific users.

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January 15, 2013

Cool URLs Don’t Change

Even before Christian Heilmann (@codepo8) fired off his second tweet, I knew I had been caught: caught breaking one of the fundamental rules of the web-as-an-archive: Cool URLs Don’t Change.

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January 15, 2013

Accesskeys and Reserved Keystroke Combinations

In a non-scientific study conducted in the summer of 2002, we researched the availability of available Accesskeys which had not already been reserved by various other software technologies which might be employed by various users. The results indicated a real problem in that most ALT + __ keystroke combinations (assuming the Windows operating platform) have already been reserved by one type of application or another.

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