A personal response to Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO of Netflix

By Sam Joehl, Accessibility Consultant Dear Mr. Hastings, Today I received your personal apology in my in-box where you apologized for coming across as lacking.

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Let Nonverbal Patients Communicate

By Rosemary Musachio, Accessibility Analyst Introduction A hospital stay is seldom pleasant. Besides having pain and being sick, patients have to endure needle punctures a.

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The Many Facets of Content Management Systems

Overview Content Management Systems (CMS) have become one of the most popular internet-based technologies.  They are a collaborative method of composing, editing, publishing, sharing and.

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CSS Background Images and Accessibility

There have been a spattering of articles discussing background images and their accessibility issues. There does not seem to be a clear solution for all.

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Why We Don’t Test Skip Links Automatically

The other day a customer was evaluating AMP and asked a question about how we were testing for skip links. The question went something like the following:

We were evaluating AMP and performed an automatic scan of a test site. We noticed that the scan did not flag the issue “Provide a mechanism for skipping past repetitive navigation links” even though this clearly is a violation. This seems like a pretty glaring omission in the tool and something we would have expected AMP would have caught. Can you explain the testing method AMP uses, and why this might not have been reported?

Here was our answer:

Actually, SSB does provide an automatic test for link group detection and skip links in InFocus – the automatic testing engine provided in AMP. This link detection algorithm is quite advanced and is currently in patent pending status with the US Patent Trademark Office. By default, however, this test is disabled and AMP instead requires that users test conformance for this best practice as part of global system tests.

This raises a particularly interesting question – If your test is so great, why do you turn it off by default? As noted above, that would seem to be a glaring omission. The short answer to this question is that automatic tests for skips links – and this include our tests and those of our competitors – are unsafe and yield an exceptionally high number of false negatives. In practice this means that they falsely indicate a non-compliant page is compliant which is very dangerous. Given this, since 2006 SSB has opted to deactivate this automatic test and, by default, require a global test to be executed to validate the accessibility of a given page.

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Creating Accessible Flash Course Released

SSB helped develop a Veteran’s Health Administration comprehensive Flash accessibility course. This course, which has just gone live, provides in-depth training to managers and developers.

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Adobe InDesign Accessibility Tagging

InDesign Accessibility Hints Some document accessibility can be performed directly in InDesign before converting documents to Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. InDesign has a tagging structure.

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Choosing the Right Accessibility Strategy for Flash Content

On Friday January 29th I will be presenting a technical session on “Choosing the Right Flash Accessibility Strategy” at the ATIA Leadership Forum in Orlando,.

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Classifying Images for More Accurate Automated Results

Introduction In order to provide a higher level of accuracy to the automated results generated by InFocus, SSB Bart Group needed a way to classify images.

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Font Resizing Guidance

Overview Text resizing allows users who are visually impaired to increase the size of content without assistive technology while maintaining access to and functionality of.

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