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As much reading, research, testing and study on all things user centered design, usability and accessibility that I do, what always sticks and leaves a lasting impression on me is when I watch someone try to use a web site application. The experience is unique to each individual. Some incidents leave a lasting impression on me. It happened again a few days ago when I was visiting my 70 year old parents. My father, a retired electronics engineer and computerRead more…

Another lawsuit by blind users has been filed. This time, it’s Oracle under fire. Oracle sued by blind workers in Texas. The suit, filed in Texas state court, alleges Oracle’s human resources software and other products do “not provide equal access to blind persons using screen access technology”. One plaintiff says he is unable to review or enter hours worked, leave taken or information concerning employees he supervises without the help of a sighted colleague. The suit names Oracle andRead more…

In case you were bored and looking for something to do this weekend, here are some excellent blog posts that came out this week on accessibility. They are “how-to” oriented, not too technical and perfect learning experiences. The first are written by Joe Dolson. Designing With Accessibility In Mind. This one has code examples. (Okay, this one wasn’t written this week, but it’s too good to ignore.) Creating Accessible Navigation. The principle behind accessible navigation is about providing access toRead more…

I appreciate it when I find a place that does something way better than how I was doing it. I used to have a usability research directory that I kept up. It was mostly for my own use, to keep track of case studies and articles that would back up the work I do. I became too busy to keep it up. However, there is an incredible resource that some of you may not be aware of, that I wishRead more…

I was thrilled to see Matt Bailey interview Lee Laughlin in his accessbility blog. I know Lee as well, and instantly liked her. She’s warm and funny, but in her role as an event planner, always professional, on top of everything, gracious to all her guests, and has a tough streak I admire. Do not ever tell Lee she can’t do something. Matt’s interview with her focuses on her sight problems due to albinism. She is the one I referredRead more…

It’s so easy to forget the universe extends past our own elbows. I was trying to recall when I first became interested in website accessibility, and I can’t remember. For me, incentives to make improvements to websites for special needs people likely came about because many of them spoke up about their problems. Sometimes we hear them. Sometimes we don’t. Witnessing a severely seeing impaired person trying to read a website on a laptop, a few years ago, made aRead more…

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