The role of accessibility in the usability profession today – and tomorrow

I had the honour of taking part in a panel session discussing How Does Accessibility Fit into Today’s Usability Practice? at the Usability Professionals’ Association Conference (UPA 2010) in Munich last week. The session was organised by Shawn Henry of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and provided an opportunity to debate the challenges of promoting and supporting accessible ICT design within a wider usability context. A number of interesting discussion points emerged – here are my reflections on the panel session.

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Is ‘a11y’ our ally? Thoughts on a tag for web accessibility

The discussion over what should be the best tag to use for technology and accessibility related content on social media sites like Twitter and Delicious continues apace, with a number of different suggestions – with the merits of the abbreviation ‘a11y’ at the centre of most debate. Alternatives such as ‘access’ and ‘axs’ have been proposed.

Here are my thoughts.

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Clearing up after spammers

Today I arrived at work and discovered that someone had been sending unauthorised direct messages (DMs) from my Twitter account. These messages were of the form “This you???? <URL>”,  where the URL is a shortened URL which led to a site designed to phish for Twitter password details. I can see these messages by looking at the Sent list of my Direct mesages, and it appears that has been sent to a random selection of over 100 Twitter accounts (some of whom I follow, some I don’t recognise).

Firstly, apologies to everyone who received one of these messages and who was inconvenienced by it.

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