Archive for the 'Accessibility' Category

Just what does accessibility *mean*?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Does “accessibility” mean “possible to access”? Or does it mean “possible to access for people with disabilities“?
Roger Johansson and Tommy Olsson explain in “Barrier-free Web design, a.k.a. Web accessibility 2.0” why the latter is a short-sighted approach for a variety of reasons.
It is occasionally argued that “universality” (Camp 2’s term for what we mean by […]

Ever wondered how accessible your site is?

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

The peeps over at have written a very useful checklist to score your site for accessibility. One of the people who grades sites using the checklist has written some more explanation on it, too.
I think not all of the points in the checklist are strictly accessibility, some are more whether you have a Good […]

Skip links: hidden or visible

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

The designer versus usability practitioner argument.
The conclusion is that to be really useful, they really have to be visible.
It’s not beyond the capabilities of a good designer to incorporate visible skip links that meet the user’s intentions and expectations, whilst not detracting from the design; it just demands creativity and an open mind.

A good accessibility statement

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

How to write a good one?
Most accessibility statements are too technical, and don’t necessarily address the needs of the visitor. Those that do address the needs of visitors often have the information lost in a myriad of other information. This is unlikely to be understood by the average visitor to the website.
So, what should and […]