Posts Tagged: accessibility

The Accessibility Verdict:

This is a crosspost of Author: Jim Thatcher. Jim Thatcher, one of the godfathers of Section 508, reviews Government websites on Web Accessibility. In this article, Jim verdicts on the website of Washington DC, the seat of President Obama’s Open Government. Sometimes technologies like Flash or JavaScript complicate the job of making web sitesRead… Read more »

Why Web Accessibility is More Than a Legal Obligation

This is a crosspost of Author: Glenda Watson Hyatt Utter the phrase “web accessibility” to a group of web designers and watch eyes immediately glaze over. Thoughts rapidly surface of how alt attributes, relative font sizes, audio transcripts and other technical requirements impede their creativity and add to their workload. However, the thoughts thatRead… Read more »

My eGov Santa Wish #4: It’s the Local Government, Stupid!

This is a crosspost of Dear Santa, I’ve saved the best wish for last: Santa and his Reindeer (Max, 1 year – inspired by Picasso) But before I go more into detail, I want to let you know that, despite the title of this article, I am very excited about all things that areRead… Read more »

My E-Government Wish List for Santa – Wish #1

This is a cross-post of: Dear Santa, This year, I‘m not asking for a new iPhone, a Spy Camera Video Watch or an Electrical Car (a real one!). Santa Art by Isabelle (6 years) This year, I’m asking for a better e-Government. The Obama administration has already made a huge progression with the OpenRead… Read more »

First Experience with YouTube Caption Uploads

Yesterday, Google put out a post about the new beta caption upload feature in YouTube. This morning, I decided to put it to the test with all of the videos that we’ve uploaded to our USGS YouTube Channels. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with how the captions have been synced. The files I uploaded were text-onlyRead… Read more »

Too hard is the worst excuse

Untold hours are spent by web designers and developers to make sure their creations work in different browsers and platforms. They may curse and mutter and otherwise cast aspersions upon the creators of various browsers – in fact, I think it’s in the job description – but they do it. They research and experiment toRead… Read more »


The government is awash with acronyms. New acronyms are created daily. Acronyms create a barrier to understanding if they cannot be easily resolved, where easy = universal and universal = URL. There are many online dictionaries with entries that are found in Web searches. However, these return results only in highly formatted, not-well-formed HTML thatRead… Read more »

Accessible Blogging Sites

I have a friend who would like to start a blog, but can’t find a blogging site that has an accessible back end (she uses a screen reader). Does anyone have any experience with blogging sites and can recommend one with the fewest accessibility issues?

Does HTML 5 Contain a Show Stopper for 508 Compliance?

We have an internal discussion forum at USGS where many of the developers from across the organization discuss web related issues, templates, etc. Today someone posted a topic on HTML and the transition from XHTML (since that’s what many people were told to do years ago). However, as I was offering some information on HTMLRead… Read more »