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Month: March 2007

Helvetica: The Movie

OK, for a typography fan like me, this movie is a must. Helvetica. Yes, a movie about the type face, Helvetica. Looks like I will have to wait a while to see the film here in Denmark. No screenings are scheduled as of this posting. Oh well. I am on the mailing list, so I expect to get notification about a screening at some point. Thanks to Scott Abel for the tip!

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Color me accessible

Perception of color might be a forgotten or neglected disability. Some people notice or think about disabilities only when they are quite apparent, such as someone in a wheelchair or someone using a white cane when walking down the street. When you know that someone can see, you don’t immediately think that they might perceive colors quite differently from the way you perceive colors. Having only recently discovered the Webaxe podcasts, I have been catching up on all their older podcasts. Their 16th episode was about color and accessibility. It inspired me to post some information about color. The references apply to Web, but you can also think about these matters in document design. This particular podcast had a nice little discussion about color, and the related blog entry pointed to an article by Ann McMeekin, Byte Size Standards, where she discusses coloring with contrast and provides many useful links…

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Left thumb blogging

Glenda Watson-Hyatt writes a blog that discusses Web accessibility (among other things). With her left thumb. Glenda has cerebral palsy. I discovered Glenda in a Box of Chocolates. She was visiting Derek Featherstone’s site on her virtual book tour (excellent creative idea), and Derek posed four questions to her. Here is one of them: We all know that web accessibility for people with disabilities is much, much more than making sites work for screen readers. What parts of using the web are most difficult for you? Can you give us two or three things that we can do to make using sites easier for you? Yes, it is annoying when web accessibility is seen as an issue mainly for people with sight impairments. Often, it feels like the needs of people with other types of disabilities (and without disabilities per se) are ignored when discussing web accessibility. With my cerebral…

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