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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” »
Late in 2005 I had the notion that most people felt accessible web sites are boring and basically without merit offering only the most simplistic functionality and style. As long as that notion persisted, I thought, it would effectively hold back the masses from embracing the needs of all users, not just those they felt were important. I thought that I could perhaps alter that notion, dispelling the myth, by showcasing sites that are accessible yet still look and work great.
Continue reading “Under New Management” »
It’s almost hard to believe we’ve been at this for two years but we have. We officially threw open the doors on January 1st, 2006 so the arithmetic fools us not. We have been surprised by the level of difficulty involved with this project. From the queuing of submissions, to the actual grading, to the correspondence after the fact. Trying to be fair and consistent, trying not to let first impressions influence us overly so, trying to be thorough… the work isn’t easy, and it all adds up pretty quick. We can easily spend hours dealing with one site. We think it’s a good cause, though, so we will press on.
Continue reading “Accessites Turns Two” »
With your permission you might earn two awards for the price of one.
Past award winners, please read this: Effective immediately, the crew here at Accessites have on a limited basis joined forces with the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS) to develop a replacement for the now defunct Site-of-the-Month (SOTM) program. GAWDS members felt the quality level of sites being presented with the SOTM honor could be better. As a result an idea was hatched by both groups to use the Accessites’ submission criteria for GAWDS’ award consideration — which will be now be called the “GAWDS Web Accessibility Award” (and will be awarded quarterly, to initiate sometime in the 4th quarter of 2007). Moreover, it was decided that Accessites should actually make the nominations from our pool of awardees. We are now gatekeepers.
Continue reading “Accessites and GAWDS Cooperate” »