9 May 2011

May. 9th, 2011 08:08 am
[personal profile] accessibilityreportcard
Helpful tips on raising your grade:
"Photobucket" is not meaningful alt text. But all you have to do is
replace it with some that is when you paste the link into your post.
WAVE is very very helpful
So is Vischeck

I've gotten some great suggestions for other blogs to monitor. Here's the thing, though, I'm at my limit for the time I have. So I'm considering rotating the blogs I skewer on a daily basis, although I kind of hate to because their accessibility scores may already be artificially inflated since I don't have time to click through on every entry. Something to ponder, anyway!

Grades as of posting time:

Feministing
4/5 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content.
Chloe posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Vanessa posted a flash-widget video with no transcript or description.
Chloe posted an image as a major part of a post with no meaningful alt text, title, or description. You know what? -5 on this one because, seriously.
Chloe posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Grade: 20% -- Adjusted for Unusual Irritation: 15% -- F

Feministe
3/12 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content.
Jessica Mack (guest poster) posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or transcript.
Jill posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
Jill posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
Score: 75% -- C

Shakesville
12/20 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content.
Misty posted a flash-widget video with no transcript or description.
Melissa McEwan posted an image with totally inadequate description in the entry text.
Paul the Spud once again posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Mustang Bobby posted an entry nearly entirely composed of images with no meaningful alt text, title, or description. -5 points per image, for a total of -15 points.
Paul the Spud still doesn't care about accessibility and posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Melissa McEwan yet again posts an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description. You'd think that since the Virtual Pub is basically a stock image, she could come up with a stock alt text for it, but apparently she just doesn't care.
Deeky posted a flash-widget video with no transcript or description. Again.
Melissa McEwan used ambiguous link text ("here").
Hypocrisy alert! In a post in which Melissa McEwan claims to care about ableism, she uses ambiguous link text ("via") and then posts an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description!
Deeky posts a flash-widget video with no transcript or description.
Melissa McEwan posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Paul the Spud posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Grade: 40% -- Adjusted for hypocrisy and irritation: 15% -- F

Racialicious
4/8 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content.
Arturo posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Arturo posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Arturo posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Vijay Simhan (guest contributor) posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
Grade: 50% -- F

Womanist Musings
8/10 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content. There are three animated ads (-1 point each).
Sparky posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Renee posted a flash-widget video as the major content of a post yet did not include a transcript or description. -10 points for irritation.
Tassja posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Dan Waters posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Renee posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
Renee posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
Renee posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
WoodTurtle posted an image with no meaningful description, alt text, or title.
Grade: 20% -- Adjusted For Irritation and Animation: 7% -- F

Tiger Beatdown
3/10 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content.
Emily Manuel posted a flash-widget video with no transcript or description.
Flavia Dzodan posted a video with no transcript or description
Garland posted a video with no transcript or description
Grade: 70% -- C-

Pam's House Blend
1 animated blog award front and center at the top of the blog, 2 animated ads (jeebus!). (-1 points each)
1 image in the header with no alt text or title. 1 link in the header that is only an image and contains no alt text or title. (-1 points each)
7/15 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content. For that matter, my browser cannot freakin load the site this morning and I'm having to look at it through WAVE. Granted that work makes me use IE7 but STILL. -20 points for irking me.
Pam Spaulding posted a flash-widget video with severely incomplete transcript.
Pam Spaulding posted a bunch of images with no meaningful alt text, title, or description on ANY of them, and included a stupid animated smiley, for which I am docking another 5 points.
Laurel Ramseyer posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Pam Spaulding posted flash-widget video with incomplete transcript, and images with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Pam Spaulding posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Pam Spaulding posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Laurel Ramseyer posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Grade: 53% -- Adjusted: 28% -- F

Bitch Magazine
4/7 posts on the front page contain inaccessible content.
Well, that round of actually caring about accessibility didn't last long.
Jessica Stites posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description. WTF does the cover of Tender Morsels look like?
Jarrah Hodge posted an image with no meaningful alt text, title, or description.
Ashley McAllister posted an image with no alt text, title, or description whatsoever.
Kelsey Wallace posted a flash-widget audio player with no transcript but did ask other people to do her work for her and transcribe her content! -10 points for irritation. Do your own blogging, Kelsey.
Grade: 43% -- Adjusted for Irritation: 33% -- F. I guess Bitch thinks the crips quit paying attention.

Date: 2011-05-12 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] teafeather
AAAAAAARGH

Hypocrisy alert: blogger advises other bloggers to make sure posts are accessible...and forgets to add image descriptions in the alt text of images used to illustrate the post.

http://www.austinwulf.com/2011/05/11/easy-web-accessibility-for-writers/

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