Archive for the ‘Accessibility’ Category

Internal Apps In Firefox

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

This post is probably highly irrelevant unless you work at Capgemini and want to use the internal nordic applications in Firefox. Read on if you want to access systems like CTR (time reporting), Event calendar, Skills database, PDR, Project forms or similar applications in Firefox. Problem is that the systems are not accessible at all […]

Sharepoint 2007, Accessibility, and Impossible UI Customization

Sunday, January 20th, 2008 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Emil Stenström’s recent “Sharepoint 2007 from an interface developer’s view” is definitely worth reading if you care about webstandards, accessibility and decent frontend code in general. Here are some of the quotes that really stand out in an excellent article that i really recommend you read before picking your web development platform. One major problem […]

Blue Beanie Day – A day for Web Standards and Accessibility

Sunday, November 18th, 2007 by Thomas Watson Steen

I just got an event invitation on Facebook asking me to join “Blue Beanie Day“. Two questions quickly popped into my head: What is a Blue Beanie? Where do I get one? If you are into web standards and accessibility you have already seen a blue beanie on the cover of Jeffery Zeldman’s great book […]

Google Power Tool for Webmasters

Friday, October 19th, 2007 by Thomas Watson Steen

If you run a blog or any other website for that matter, you might want to check out Google Webmaster Central – in particular their Google Webmaster Tool – if you haven’t already seen it. Google Webmaster Tool is a great tool for webmasters who want to see and manage how Google crawls their site(s). […]

Mobile User Experience:Trying Out Opera Mini

Thursday, June 28th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

While being on vacation in beautiful Toscana, Italy, i’m trying out the Opera Mini browser on my Nokia 6233 cell phone. It is actually possible to use the blog administration software on the browser (log in, navigate, write posts, etc.) But it sure is not easy! There are lots of issues in the interface that […]

Does Sony think their customers are morons?

Monday, April 16th, 2007 by Thomas Watson Steen

I’m not pirating music or films, and I will gladly pay huge sums of money to huge world-wide record companies and film studios. But if they insist on protecting their publications with DRM, I will in turn insist only to pay half the price at the shop counter in return for less accessible content. It […]

Bad Usability Calendar 2007 in Danish

Friday, February 9th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Thomas Baekdal and I have translated and are now publishing Bad Usability Calendar 2007 in Danish. I can highly recommend using this calendar in projects as wallpaper. But good luck on using it for actual planning. This year’s version contains advice regarding AJAX, overwhelming use of graphics, advertising, and much more. Download Bad Usability Calendar […]

Bad Usability Calendar 2007 Finally Ready

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I’ve been waiting for this with excitement: Eidar and the rest of NetLife Research in Norway have finally released the 2007 version of Bad Usability Calendar. Direct download: Bad Usability Calendar 2007 (1.2 MB PDF) Very nice to see that the calendar actually is released under a Creative Commons license, so you can translate it […]

Google Release of Audio Alternative to CAPTCHA

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Google updated their CAPTCHA logic to provide an audio alternative for visual impaired users — or also users that have a hard time reading the twisted letters. Without even mentioning the online petition where almost 5,000 people protested against the original format where only an image was available. From the Google blog – Audio captchas […]

Bad Usability Calendar 2007 open for proposals

Friday, November 10th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Our Norwegian friends at Netlife Research have opened for suggestions to next years Bad Usability Calendar. I already used the 2006 calendar with great impact in my professional engagements, and I’m really looking forward to next year’s version. To make a calendar for 2007 that has the same level of unusual unusefulness, we would like […]

The IE PNG fix vs. Accessibility

Monday, November 6th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

It is no secret that all versions of Internet Explorer on Windows prior to version 7.0 has a flaw in its PNG renderer. The flaw basically involves the rendering of the alpha transparency and means that the images cannot fade nicely into the background. The IE PNG bug explained In the screenshots below you can […]

IE7 Accessibility: Magnification

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

It just occurred to me that the new Internet Explorer 7 ships with a zoom tool. In other/older browsers (even the new Firefox 2 which was just released yesterday) zoom can only achieved natively by increasing or decreasing the text size – and that is only if the text size is not written in pixels. […]

CAPTCHA usability: Humane alternative to CAPTCHA

Monday, October 23rd, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Revisiting CAPTCHA: Since W3C wrote about “inaccessibility of CAPTCHA” almost a year ago, a new technique has emerged: Using technology, to make it easier for humans, and challenging for robots to fill out a form, and using a more traditional fall-back method in the rare cases where the system cannot detect if a human is […]

Bad Usability Calendar

Monday, October 16th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Perfect wallpaper for any project room. The Bad Usability Calendar from Norwegian company Netlife Research. At UI 11 last week I was fortunate to meet Eidar (photo) from Netlife Research. His usability firm made a Bad Usability Calendar, which is absolutely fantastic. I’m putting the link here directly, as their pages are in Norwegian. Bad […]

Mobile Web Best Practices

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

Yesterday the W3C released a Candidate Recommendation document called “Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0“. With this document W3C is offering a set of guidelines to help web developers deliver a better user experience to mobile users. The deadline for providing feedback to W3C is the 27th of August 2006 and all developers are encouraged to […]

Ten reaffirmations from London @media 2006

Sunday, June 25th, 2006 by Luis Villa

Hi, this is Luis Villa, Thomas and Jesper’s former colleague at Capgemini Spain. They couldn’t make it to @media in London last week, so they asked me to give a summary of the event. London @media 2006 was a Conference about frontend and web user interface in all its dimensions: strategy, design and building and […]

Blog Usability: Avoid Spam Comments

Saturday, June 24th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Since yesterday, the volume of spam comments has gone up even more. Now we get 150 spam comments every 12 hours. (Yesterday it was 21 hours). I promised to tell about what countermeasures we have taken against spam comments. What has that to do with usability? Well, in my opinion, irrelevant comments removes focus from […]

57% of users will benefit from assistive technologies

Monday, April 24th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

As a followup to my post 25% of all web users are disabled, I saw that Microsoft commissioned Forrester to make research about accessibility and assistive technologies.

They found that 57% are likely to benefit from assistive technologies.

Free Service: See your website in different browsers

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

A free online service called Browsershots has just launched (still beta). You provide it with a URI and it will take real screenshots in different browsers of that page.

Golden nuggets for describing browser support

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Yahoo! Developer Network: Graded Browser Support Super article by Nate Koechley of Yahoo!. He has done an excellent job for describing Yahoo!’s different grades of browser support. For those of you who wonder why not all browsers get the same code. They do. They just interpret it differently. This is what makes front-end web development […]

E-mail vs. RSS

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

Syndicated feeds in form of RSS or Atom is the hot way of getting news from around the world delivered instantly and dynamically to your desktop. Previously a user could only do so by registering for an e-mail newsletter. Believe it or not some people don’t have a news aggregator installed. They might not even […]

How to indicate required or optional form fields

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

I got a question from Kimberly, one of our reader, in the Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist post where she asks where the best place to display the asterisk indicating a required field in af form is: […] I’d like to see the askterick appear before the label so that a user isn’t forced […]

25% disabled web users picked up by Steve Krug

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

dont-make-me-think-small.jpg I’m a big fan of Steve Krug and especially the “Don’t make me think” mantra (because most people actually get the point). In his presentation at the Boston-IA chapter from Jan 26, this blog suddently shows up.

Steve Krug refers to “25% of all web users are disabled”. Steve Krug. I’m amazed!

Captcha usability revisited: Google inaccessible to blind people

Monday, January 30th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

An online petition is being circulated to all Internet users for the purpose of collecting signatures showing support for Google to make its word verification scheme accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

I just signed up for the request to make Google more accessible. (I’m number 2759 on the list), and you can sign it too.

More numbers confirming 25% of web users disabled

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

More numbers show up that back up my claim that 25% of your users are disabled. (“disabled” to me is physical as for instance a visual impairment, and technological as using a small screen or wireless device).

I had a chat today with a former employe of Danish Center for Accessibility, and he pointed me to Tiresias, an organisation that has collected statistics from Europe. I was told Tiresias is known for it’s conservative estimates and high credibility.

25% of all web users are disabled

Friday, January 20th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Did you know that up to 25% of all visitors on your website have some kind of accessibility problem. Some of your users may be blind, deaf, dyslectic, has learning disabilities or motoric disabilities such as schlerosis, parkinson’s disease, etc. A so-called functional disability.

But how about users with a technical disability: Wireless devices, slow internet connections, old browsers, feed readers, etc. These should be considered as well, as there are probably more people with technological disability than functional disability.

The Anatomy of Web Fonts

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 by Thomas Watson Steen

Want to know how to make your website more readable and accessible to its users? Start by using the correct font and don’t forget to tweak and style it correctly either – it makes quite the difference! Understand how in the great article “The Anatomy of Web Fonts” by Andy Humes.