Archive for category Web Accessibility
Earlier this month, I was asked for some information about accessibility related conferences and conventions. When I started to make a list, it occurred to me that there were a lot more events than even I realized. Finally, via twitter, I was asked if I could share my list.
I want to issue a challenge to a group of professionals, some who I know personally, and others only by reputation, but all that I respect and admire, and also with whom I share something in common. This post is directed to Jeffrey Zeldman – An Event Apart, John Allsopp – Web Directions, PPK (Peter Paul Koch) – Mobilism, Andy Budd & Jeremy Keith – dConstruct, and Doug Sheppers – W3Conf. And what we share in common is that we organize web conferences.
The following article is a re-print of an Official Comment made to the Editors of the XHTML™ 2 Draft Recommendation. It is presented here in a more open form to hopefully stimulate discussion and debate.
The 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (aka CSUN) is just around the corner. CSUN is an investment and planning for success will maximize that investment – arrive with a plan of what you want to learn and take away from CSUN. As you plan your week, consider the following tips I’ve collected from years past.
The details are still fluid, but the idea is this: ARIA is here (cue the cheering), but working devs still need to deal with backward compatibility – what works where, and what doesn’t work where? And so that is/was the germ of the idea. What we are setting out to do is to create that gnarly database (as a SQL db – and as granular as possible), collect (or write) appropriate tests against the ARIA specification, get them into a location where users can test and report, and then crowd-source the testing and reporting.
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 were posted in inaccessible PDF files: big giant pictures (the most evil of PDFs)! I got all righteous and took it upon myself to convert those PDFs to HTML and mirrored them from my site, freely knowing that I might just get into a bit of trouble over that decision. I never heard a word, and after a while life moved on.
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.