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We were both shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Jack Pickard at the weekend.
Jack was a part of Accessites.org from its earliest days and, although he had taken a back seat from active Team Access duty more recently, he was still there, in the background, ready to lend a hand if needed.
We’ve lost a great colleague with a wicked sense of humour and the Web has lost a talented developer. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.
Continue reading “We’ll Miss You, Jack” »
If those who can help spread the load, it’ll be beneficial to all.
If you’re savvy in the art of accessibility, volunteer yourself to be paired with a company that signs up for an evaluation of their site. You do have to commit to getting it done within ten days, and it will be a generous contribution of your time, but it is a good cause. And if you are a company with a web site, this is worth your while. It’s an
ideal opportunity for companies that wonder about the accessibility of their site.
Continue reading “The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project” »
we’ll actually produce a family of standards, and coverage of Web 2.0 and RIA issues will naturally be key
Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 78 — “Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites” — was released in the UK in March 2006. Aimed at non-technical site owners and managers, the document describes the role of standards and user testing within web site development. But, although PAS78 was developed by the British Standards Institute (BSi), it is not a UK standard — although it was seen as the first step in in the creation of a formalised standard.
Continue reading “New British Standard For Web Accessibility Announced” »
If you’ve been following the news, you know IBM bought Watchfire for their web security software. This stuff happens all the time and rarely are we directly affected. This time, though, we will feel the loss. Rather, anyone who used to use the Bobby “WebXact” accessibility evaluation tool will feel the loss. It’s a temporary condition, though, at least according to IBM.
Continue reading “Bobby is Gone” »