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E-Gov Sites Begin Development for Wider Accessibility Via Search Engines Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites: “Three federal organizations recently agreed to structure their sites to make them accessible for nearly all Internet searches, [Google] officials said.” See also

HHS and GSA Announce Updated Web Design and Usability Guidelines to Improve Government Web Sites

Press release, October 30, 2006: “HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the publication of the 2006 edition of the popular Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines. Based on the latest research, the Guidelines now include over 40 new or updated guidelines and have become a primary resource for government and other Web communicators. The updatedContinue Reading

Google Accessible Web Search for the Visually Challenged

Fom Google Labs, Accessible Web Search for the Visually Challenged: “In addition to finding the most relevant results as measured by Google’s search algorithms, it further sorts results based on the simplicity of their page layouts.” Accessible Search FAQ Google Tests Accessible Search Page

GAO Report on Medicare Website Highlights Overall Lack of Usability

Press release, May 3, 2005: “Rep. Waxman, along with Reps. Dingell, Rangel, Stark, and Sherrod Brown, releases a GAO report that finds that the information provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services about the complicated new drug benefit is rife with problems. According to GAO, the federal handbooks, website, and 1-800 Medicare hotlineContinue Reading

Center for Technology in Government Launches XML Toolkit

“This Web site offers a library of resources to assist in managing a Web site using XML. It was designed and developed as a product of the Web Site Management Using XML Testbed, conducted by the Center for Technology in Government in 2005 – 2006. The library of resources is intended to grow over timeContinue Reading

New UK Guidelines on Web Accessibility

Developed by the British Standards Institution, and reported yesterday by the Disability Rights Commission: “Key guidance on how to develop a website which is user-friendly for disabled people has been launched today.” “The DRC report, The Web: Access and Inclusion for Disabled People was published in April 2004. It investigated the accessibility of 1,000 BritishContinue Reading

Accessibility Resources On the Internet

From Marcus P. Zillman, news of his latest Accessibility Resources White Paper Link Compilation.

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The January 15, 2006 issue of includes the following articles: Deep Web Research Research 2006, by Marcus P. Zillman The Google Library Project: The Copyright Debate, by Jonathan Band Researching Laws and Information on Nutritional and Dietary Supplements On the Web, by Joel Rothman Election Law @ Moritz, by Sara Sampson Adobe’s Macromedia StudioContinue Reading

Users Evaluate Websites in Blink of An Eye

Attention web designers: You have 50 milliseconds to make a good first impression! Authors: Lindgaard, Gitte, Fernandes, Gary, Dudek, Cathy, Browñ, J. – Behaviour and Information Technology, Volume 25, Number 2, Number 2/March-April 2006, pp. 115-126(12) Abstract: “Three studies were conducted to ascertain how quickly people form an opinion about web page visual appeal. InContinue Reading

Web Site Accessibility Compliance Continues to Lag

From Digital Web Magazine, 10 Reasons Clients Don’t Care About Accessibility: “As the DRC [Digital Rights Commission] pointed out in its April 2004 report The Web – Access and Inclusion for Disabled People 81% of 1,000 Web sites failed to achieve a minimum level of compliance.”

New Studies Evaluate US and UK E-Gov Accessibility

Assessing the accessibility of fifty United States government Web pages: Using Bobby to check on Uncle Sam: “This study evaluates the current accessibility of U.S. Government Web pages for people with disabilities. …The home pages of fifty U.S. government agencies were reviewed for accessibility based on Section 508 guidelines. This study establishes that the U.S.Continue Reading

Hundreds of California Municipal E-Gov’t Sites Fall Short in Usability Tests

Study Reveals Government Websites Are Unusable To A Growing Number Of Californians “A comprehensive assessment of over 400 municipal websites reveals that 91% of California’s cities fail to meet basic accessibility standards. The results show that most city websites are unusable by a wide range of people, including blind, deaf, and mobility impaired individuals, asContinue Reading