Category Archives: Accessibility Rogues Gallery

Paralympics New Zealand – One for the Rogues’ Gallery

Paralympics New Zealand, a group with a disability focus, of all organisations, should be aware of accessibility issues.

Their web site, however, is a classic example of how not to make a site accessible (yes, it was even produced with Microsoft FrontPage,) and is joining my Accessibility Rogues’ Gallery with special dis-honours as an Organisation That Should Know Better.

I look forward to being able to write a follow-up to this post advising that all has been made good.

Dilbert Goes Inaccessible

It’s been nearly a month since I last looked at any online cartoons. Much to my horror, the Dilbert site has had an alleged ‘upgrade’; whilst some of the new features (user comments, enhanced searches) are a step in the right direction, the main comic is now displayed in some ghastly piece of Flash. Going back to a certain cartoon and then trying to read through up to date is not easy – I can find no link or Flash control for ‘next’ or ‘previous’ so I have had to change the URI of the current cartoon in the location bar to the next one I want to view (thanfully it uses a consistent URI scheme).

Whilst it is very hard for a cartoon to be fully accessible without a text transcript that actually reflects the humour, this latest change to the Dilbert site is now less accessible even to those who could use it before. (There is one comment on one of the cartoons complaining that Flash content is blocked on the poster’s work network so they can no longer read the cartoon at work.)

Hopefully Scott Adams will heed the comments and get something more accessible and standards-compliant implemented. Until that time, the dilbert.com has been awarded a place in my Accessibility Rogues’ Gallery.

Update: Slashdot has this to say on the matter.

Seagate contribution to the Rogues Gallery

Seagate may have a good reputation for making hard discs (I specified them for a long time), but look like they need some advise regarding Web accessibility.

The specifications page for this drive actually requires the user to download a font if the page looks garbled – which it does to me.

This could well be one of the worst examples of accessibility I have seen from a large corporation.

As I do not have comments enabled (haven’t written the software for it yet) for this page, please feel free to mail me to discuss this. (Address at bottom of page.)

I would certainly like to hear from Seagate and be able to let the world know that they are being proactive in fixing things like this…

Shine on you Crazy Diamond

The world mourns the passing of Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, the greatest band in the history of time and space. I am touched to see the huge media coverage – even from smaller, more parochial channels. Merely putting Syd into Google News produces a whole host of comments, tributes, and the like. (Those reading this post later on may get different results – Google News being a thing dynamic.)

Farewell, you Crazy Diamond.