Category Archives: Standards, guidelines

Working?: (IE)Nine to (HTML)Five

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) tested support for HTML5 among commonly-used browsers, and found that Internet Explorer 9 does the overall best job. However, these results are not entirely consistent with the accessibility-focused review of HTML5 being done by … Continue reading

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Deja vu all over again

Coding kvetch: A perusal of the Apple Developer notes for designing websites to be compatible with the iPad shows that one of the guidelines discourages exclusive use of mouse-specific event handlers such as mouseover and mouseout. Instead, they encourage use … Continue reading

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Fasten your seatbelts

Transferjet is a new consortium of some of the biggest names in the electronics biz (Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi…) assembled to create a new wireless standard. What caught our eye immediately is that a primary goal is eliminating any need for … Continue reading

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Guidelines or battle lines?

In the original Business Week article being critiqued in the posting linked below, there seemed to be an even division: the first five “commandments” of Web design were reasonably consistent with accessibility principles, and the second five–especially with their heavy … Continue reading

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Word to your search capabilities

Hitachi is creating an optical character recognition technology for use with captioned media, ostensibly to make it easier to find specific scenes. Of course, for this to work, captioning not only needs to be added more universally but also needs … Continue reading

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Olé!

In late July, the Mexican government issued a ten-item manifesto on “Usability and Accessibility for Mexican Government Websites,” the first item of which is “To ensure the democratic access to government information and services by everyone, including users with disabilities, … Continue reading

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