For Web Developers

Accessible websites start with a solid foundation

Is it possible to build an accessible website with beautiful graphics, cool JavaScript widgets and fancy forms? Sure, but it’s a real challenge if you don’t start with a solid foundation. A robust website starts with a bare-bones website stripped of it’s bells and whistles. It’s a website that is… Read More

Olympic sites fail to deliver on accessibility & universal design

The winter Olympic games have been an exciting, and sadly tragic, viewing experience for fans around the world.  The developers of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter games and CTV Olympics have built sophisticated websites offering a vast amount of information.  They’ve also opened up new ways to follow the games… Read More

New Year’s Resolution – An Accessible Website

A new year feels like a fresh start for many of us.  It’s a time for breaking old habits or starting new ones.  And, it’s an opportunity to commit to doing things better.  Has making your website accessible been added to your list of resolutions? An accessible website can be… Read More

3 Common Web Accessibility Mistakes that are Easy to Fix

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time this past week looking at websites – big and small – to see how accessible they are and where they tend to fall short.  It hasn’t been a scientific survey but 3 common areas have stood out: Missing form labels Missing alternative… Read More

Web Accessibility vs. Usability

It can be very easy to get caught up in the process of making a website accessible.  There are many technical details that a web developer needs to pay attention to and content writers need to consider.  But web accessibility doesn’t always guarantee usability.  Web accessibility is really a sub-set… Read More

Font Size Switchers – Are they a good idea?

It’s not uncommon these days to see font size switchers (and other style switchers) on websites.  They certainly make the task of increasing font sizes a bit less cumbersome.  But, from an accessibility standpoint, do you add any value?  I’d say that’s a discussion open for debate. On the plus… Read More

WCAG 2.0 – The Simple Version

Trying to get a handle on the WCAG 2.0 from the W3C website can be an onerous task.   The guidelines are quite comprehensive but it can take hours to wade through all the details.   In a nutshell, here’s what you need to keep in mind when building or… Read More