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A pragmatic approach to web standards and accessibility

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This website is now an archive

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:29:47 +0000

I am very grateful for all the discussions and feedback I have received on my accessibility articles over the years but it is now time for this website to be archived. It has not been updated for several years but when I tried to remove the website a couple of weeks ago I got a lot of emails from people who were looking for content so I guess it still serves a purpose. Therefor I will keep the website online, but comments will be disabled. Thank you!

Fangs extension moving to Mozilla hosting

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 21:54:02 +0000

I discovered that my first post about the Fangs Screen reader emulator add-on was posted on November 22 in 2004. That is more than five years ago. At that time Mozilla hosting for add-ons was pretty rough and I couldn’t work out how to release updates. Alas, I hosted the add-on and updates on my …

Pitfalls of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 17:38:36 +0000

Automated web accessibility evaluation tools are hard to trust, understand and typically provide feedback on a small amount of factors that influence accessibility. Also, a unified web evaluation methodology should be adopted to provide consistent results across tools. In this article I let the tools test each other.

Patterns for WAI-ARIA landmark roles in existing HTML

Thu, 02 Apr 2009 20:21:12 +0000

This is a short summary of some methods to add WAI-ARIA landmark roles to existing web pages, e.g. an existing template package for a content management system.

Contributing WAI-ARIA landmark roles to open source CMS themes

Sat, 28 Mar 2009 17:56:12 +0000

Sometime new technology suffers from a chicken and egg problem. For example, if no websites start using WAI-ARIA there will be few incentives for manufacturers of assistive technology or browsers to include support in their products. At the European Accessibility Forum in Frankfurt (eminently organised by Namics) I met Steve Faulkner who has done a …

Opera Web Standards Curriculum

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 18:36:24 +0000

From the introduction: “Learning Web Standards just got easier. Opera’s new Web Standards Curriculum is a complete course to teach you standards-based web development, including HTML, CSS, design principles and background theory, and JavaScript basics. It already has support from many organizations (including Yahoo! and the Web Standards Project) and universities. The first 23 articles …

Fangs for Firefox 3 available

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 14:20:28 +0000

Sorry for the delay. Here is an updated version (1.0.4) of Fangs for Firefox 3. Your previous version may not update automatically in which case you need to uninstall it, restart Firefox, and then download/install it from the Fangs project page.

A big thank you to Stuart Middleton who showed me the necessary steps to get rid of the annoying security warning that Firefox 3 displays for unsigned extensions.

Finnish quality criteria for public websites

Thu, 29 May 2008 15:56:04 +0000

The Finnish government has published their quality criteria for public websites in english. This makes it possible to compare your own national guidelines to thos of other countries. Quoting from the intro page: The purpose of the quality criteria is: to act as a tool for developing and assessing public web services to improve the …

Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:57:44 +0000

The Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites takes an integrated approach to usability, accessibility and standardization. The purpose of the Guidelines is to support the procurement, development, and maintenance of a website by a public administration so that it offers equal opportunity usage for all citizens. The 2006 version has now been translated to english.

RDFa – Implications for Accessibility

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 21:26:05 +0000

RDFa is a set of extensions to HTML and XHTML from W3C. With RDFa it is possible to use custom vocabularies to include machine readable data in web documents. Here are my initial thoughts on how I believe RDFa will benefit web accessibility.