Category: Web Accessibility

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May 8, 2011

WYSIWYG support for @longdesc today

The @longdesc “discussion” just won’t go away. As HTML5 looms closer and closer towards becoming a Last Call document at the W3C, there is a full-court press to ensure that @longdesc remains in the specification.

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[Photo: Basketball]

March 22, 2011

My March Madness

I am home from an intense 10 days of SxSW, CSUN and W3C Face-to-Face meetings. I am happy if tired.

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[Photo: @poster]

January 26, 2011

The current problem with the @poster attribute of the <video> element.

Earlier this week, I posted a Change Proposal to the W3C HTML WG around a topic which seems to have drawn a bit of controversy and outright rejection from some members of the Working Group. I have suggested and proposed that when an author specifies an image file as a placeholder image for the video, that a means of properly ensuring the accessibility of that image be accounted for.

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HTML5 Video

December 23, 2010

<video>, Accessibility and HTML5 Today

Back in July of 2009, I wrote a blog post spurred on by a dinner conversation with my friend Bruce Lawson. Since then, I’ve seen a few instances where people have pointed to that posting as important to understanding the issue of accessibility and video in HTML5. A lot has changed however since I wrote that piece, and I’ve been meaning to update that information for some time now. A recent email thread amongst some friends crystallized that requirement, and the following is adapted from the email note I wrote to that thread.

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[Photo: House of Representatives]

April 23, 2010

A Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary

You don’t know me. However, I feel that at the very least you should know that I’ve dedicated the last decade of my life working towards making the Internet accessible to everyone. To you, your family and friends, your colleagues and associates – the people you work with every day, and most importantly to people (not just Americans) with various disabilities, from vision impairments to mobility impairments, auditory impairments and cognitive disabilities. It can be done. This we know with certainty. Often, it’s actually quite simple: we’ve learned a lot in the past decade on how to achieve this goal, and we’ve managed to raise awareness of this topic across great swaths of our society.

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