Category Archives: Articles
The craziness of having the material I prepare about website usability and accessibility spread over two different sites has finally come to an end.
Checkout the videos and information in the “Having trouble reading this page” section (link in the footer).
I am concerned that mixed-messages relating to the status of PDFas a “web content technology” in Australia could put at risk the whole move to improve the accessibility of the web.
We found some problems when using forms with JAWS 11 and IE 9 that could mean someone relying on a screen reader would not know there were checkboxes or radio buttons on the page.
This suggested ABS system aims to provide a measure of how often barriers to accessibility occur in reviewed web page(s) and the likely seriousness of those barriers.
Determining the accessibility of websites is often polarised around two simplistic choices: A checklist-compliance based approach or user testing by people with disabilities. This article considers the pros and cons of both approaches.
My attention was recently drawn by Jenny Bruce to the relatively large number of sites that use bright ‘fluro’ background colours for navigation menu items and buttons. The combination of these ‘fluro’ background colours and white text often fails to meet the minimum colour contrast requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, whereas, when […]
At the CSUN 2011 conference I gave a presentation called “Improving Web Accessibility for the Elderly”. The presentation considered how many people over the age of 60 use the web, how much they use it and why they use it. It outlined some common issues older web users encounter and the general lack of awareness […]
The results of the second survey into how people over the age of 60 use information and communication technologies (ICT) are now available. This phase of the project involved surveying people in the physical-world and one-on-one interviews with them about some of the problems they experience when using the web. There were some differences between […]
During December 2010 and January 2011, we conducted an online survey of information and communication technology (ICT) users over the age of 60. We have completed the initial collating of these results and they provide a snapshot of internet and mobile phone usage by those older members of the population who are able and willing […]
Our research into use of the web and other information and communication technologies by people over the age of sixty is producing some interesting results. In this article I want to comment briefly on some of the responses relating to the size of text on web pages. This research, which I’m conducting in association with […]