Category: Rants

August 15, 2012

Medium Scores Low

What I wouldn’t give to strap Biz and Evan into some chairs and make them listen to this in JAWs or VoiceOver today. Seriously guys? You’re supposed to exemplify the brightest and best of what Silicon Valley has to offer, and this is the excrement you deliver? They seemingly didn’t spend 10 minutes even thinking about accessibility.

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{Screen Capture: Definition of semantics]

November 15, 2011

My Thing About the Thing That Thing Wrote About Thing

One of the oft-touted gains of using HTML5 is that “accessibility just happens” – we’ve heard this from King Ian the All-knowing, and it’s been echoed numerous times by his many mouthpieces within the WHATWG, of which Mark “I’m checking out y’all” Pilgrim was an especially vocal member. Everyone proudly points to the new landmark elements of “proof” of this assertion (and frankly, it’s one of the few things they have pretty much gotten right). But now someone with the bully-pulpit of being a “web opener for Opera Software” comes along and say that it’s all a waste of time, don’t bother, a <div> is good enough.

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November 5, 2011

Not The Blog Post I Was Going To Write Today

Today, I am setting my sights squarely on what has got to be one of the most stupid and evil things I’ve encountered on the web in a very long time: 4D Captchas. Seriously?

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Balance scales weight valid HTML and non-valid HTML

October 7, 2009

Are We Still Arguing About Validation?

As someone who has been teaching HTML for over a decade, I have recollections of students (authoring in Notepad) in total panic because they forgot to close their </table>s, and thus Netscape 3 would deliver a blank page (Draconian error handling has a history too) – I also remember that they only made that mistake once, and never forgot it after that.

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Sticks and Stones

March 13, 2009

Sticks and stones can break my bones…

Extremist… I am proud to wear that label. I make no apologies for drawing my line in the sand, but to be very clear to all – that is *MY* line, and not that of all those that work and live in the accessibility space that we share. For those within our community who become uncomfortable with my stance, I apologize to them for their discomfort only, but not for my stance. And for those who have written me in the past supporting my comments – thank you for your encouragement.

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