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How web accessibility suddenly became sexy and what it means for you

Accessibility Cinderella has been crowned by Silicon Valley Up to now web accessibility has been the poor little Cinderella of technology, dressed in rags, struggling, cleaning up other people's messes and getting not an ounce of thanks or glory. That just changed.

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DOJ cracks the whip on accessibility of US public websites

In the US, the dream is over for commercial firms: now most public websites must comply with web accessibility guidelines. How strange. Once upon a time we thought that WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 applied solely to government agencies...

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When web accessibility goes down the drain


WCAG 2.0 and S.508 go down the drainWe work with many government agencies on web accessibility. And sure,
 our whizz-bang accessibility experts can get your web sites to comply with national web standards, whether that's S. 508 or WCAG 2.0 or some other variation. So what's the problem?

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Commercial websites must soon be accessible to all


Wheelchair ramp to an online grocery store.A momentous shift is underway in the U.S. Increasingly, website accessibility is
seen as subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Very soon, formal web standards will apply to commercial as well as government websites.

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Win some, lose some: Plain English triumphs and tribulations

We have to cut costs, fix our buildings and IT systems, and run an exhibition or two. This week is New Zealand's unofficial plain language week. On Thursday we'll celebrate the winners of the Writemark Plain English Awards, 2014. Top prize is for promoting clear communication throughout an entire organisation. That's not an easy job. Elsewhere, gobbledygook from government agencies continues to gush. The wells of snake oil never run dry. 

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Web accessibility: deadline for self-assessment January 2015

International disability signs, Wikimedia

Accessibility deadlines coming up soon! They apply to all Public Service departments and Non-Public Service departments in the NZ State Services.

DIA expects each department to assess the accessibility of all its websites and intranets by January 2015.

Whew! How are you doing? Are you on track?

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Readability tests: a tactful way to help bad writers


A Gobbledygook by Niki DalyRaising the topic of readability can be a delicate business. Is your boss out of touch with customers? Is a distinguished expert sending unreadable articles to a newsletter you edit? Is a colleague converting your plain English to gobbledegook?

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