Crunchy Technology - those good people behind the Page Screamer web accessibility checker - have announced a business partnership with IBM. Under the deal, IBM will license Crunchy’s PageScreamer products for use within IBM, and Crunchy will license IBM’s much used Home Page Reader.
Latest Accessibility News on Accessify
Steve Vosloo of Usability Junction writes an Introduction to Web Accessibility in iafrica.com. Perhaps what’s most interesting about the piece is not the ‘this is what web accessibility is’ aspect but rather the current IT situation in South Africa.
New accessibility articles from people we know and love. First up, from Digital Web Magazine a piece by Anitra Pavka entitled Accountability of Accessibility and Usability. The article covers the recent Southwest Airlines case which the judge ruled against. Anitra argues that even if the ruling suggested that the ADA doesn’t cover the web, we can’t slip with web standards - and that if we don’t follow the WAI/W3C standards, then someone else will come along and define a different set of standards. Not something that we want to happen! Anitra also takes a look at how the site actually fares in text browsers and finds out exactly where it went wrong (and isn’t it amazing that even after the case, they haven’t sorted out their act?!)
Also in Digital Web, an interview with Jakob Neilsen. Enough said about that.
In Evolt, a piece about alt attributes (aah, that old chestnut) with some interesting debate about how to use this much confused attribute.
Finally, there’s a piece in New Architect magazine entitled ‘Building a Barrier-free Web‘, in which author Susan Kuchinskas lays out the points for creating accessible sites, and also summarises some of the accessibility-checking tools currently available in HTML editors and WYSIWYG authoring packages.
Accessify goes (sort of live) today. The tools section page now brings together a number of tools that the author previously had scattered all over the web. Currently there is nothing in the tutorials or resources sections, but these will be updated VERY soon.
As the site is still very new, there is limited content, but this should grow organically over time.
We hope you enjoy, and please do add the site to your favourites and pay a return visit soon.