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ABA Legal Technology Resource Center – Web Accessibility

“As much of the daily practice of law moves to web-based technologies, it is increasingly important that all members of the legal community — lawyers and non-lawyers alike — understand the need for websites that are accessible to all audiences. Efforts to ensure that websites are accessible to disabled persons, simply referred to as “webContinue Reading

FTC Unveils New Web Site Design

FTC FAQ: “The Federal Trade Commission today unveiled a redesigned Web site to enhance consumers’ ability to find the information they want quickly and easily. As the federal agency that works directly with and for consumers, the FTC strives to be accessible and transparent, with information that is clear, simple, and easy to access. TheContinue Reading

NASCIO Progress Reports on State Government Internet Presence

Harmony Helps: A Progress Report on State Government Internet Presence – March 2007 – “This brief explores how state web portals have matured and examines the impact of the 2003 expansion of the dot-gov domain to state and local governments; trends in state portal domain naming conventions; trends in Internet portal branding and marketing; theContinue Reading

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