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Conveying All-Caps Legal Text

I need your help. Legal documents are common on the web. Each site that has a Terms of Service written in impenetrable and indecipherable legalese, like this sentence, delights in that complexity to dissuade users from reading it and realizing just what they are giving up. “Am”, “add”, and “it”…

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Tags: accessibility, html, law, usability, UX

FTC, Commercial Surveillance, and Overlays

August 22, 2022: FTC’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) is live as of today. You can share your public comments at Trade Regulation Rule on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security until Friday, October 21, 2022. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on August 11, 2022 announced it is exploring rules…

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Tags: accessibility, law, overlay

ADA Web Site Compliance Still Not a Thing

Photo courtesy Steve Faulkner, taken outside the CSUNATC 2022 venue after we had chicken and rice, free from the food desert of the venue. Who has two thumbs and is not a lawyer? For years I have worked with clients who refer to digital/web accessibility as ADA work. They have…

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Tags: accessibility, law, overlay, standards

30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Thirty years is not very long when you consider Americans elected (largely unknowingly) a disabled president in 1932. On the other hand, it seems an eternity ago given Americans elected a president who mocks disabled people…

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Tags: accessibility, law

Addendum to “The State of Airline Websites” at Smashing Magazine

Last week Smashing Magazine published a lengthy and detailed post titled The State Of Airline Websites 2015: Lessons Learned. While it was an impressive dive into the user experience of each site covered, it left out any aspect of accessibility. Surprising perhaps no one, I got as far as reading…

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Tags: accessibility, law, rant, usability, UX

Keep the Focus Outline

This animated GIF is a screen capture of cycling through every interactive element (mostly links) on the page using just the tab key. You’ll note that in all but one case, the only indication of any change is in the lower left in the browser’s status bar where it shows…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, law, rant, standards, usability, UX, WAI, WCAG

Verizon Using Disabilities to Fight Net Neutrality

On Friday, Mother Jones reported that it has three sources saying that Verizon lobbyists are making a case on Capitol Hill that net neutrality harms those with disabilities. From Mother Jones: Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people…

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Tags: accessibility, law, rant, standards, Verizon

Accessibility Regulation Confusion from U.S. Government

There has been some activity lately from the U.S. federal government related to accessibility requirements for web sites. Unfortunately, that activity is sending a mixed message to many burdened with making a case for accessibility compliance in the private sector. Good News The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) made news…

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Tags: accessibility, law, rant, standards, W3C, WAI, WCAG

We Need to Raise a Stink about Net Neutrality

Found this on the Twitters in @CypherTheDane’s tweet. Read a full-text version of this graphic at the bottom of this post. In January I wrote about the latest risk to net neutrality here in the U.S (Net Neutrality News). Unsurprisingly, the only change since then is that net neutrality is…

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Tags: law, rant, standards

Changes to EU Cookie Law

This post originally appeared on the Algonquin Studios blog. I was recently asked by a client whether or not the cookie law will apply to its overseas business. As a reference, he provided a link to the Computer Weekly article “How to comply with the EU cookie law.” It’s a…

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Tags: law

Net Neutrality News

If you’re spitting-mad about the W3C’s perceived position on DRM, we would all be better served if you re-pointed that anger at what is happening to net neutrality. If you aren’t familiar with the net neutrality concept, here’s a snippet from Wikipedia: Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality)…

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Tags: internet, law, rant

SOPA Blackout Protests Go Forward, So Does SOPA Sponsor

Some of the sites that “went dark” today to protest SOPA and PIPA. Today is the day that a collection of popular web sites, some shown above, have “blacked out” in protest of both SOPA and PIPA. The general public knows very little of these bills, and with only minor…

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Tags: internet, law, rant