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While we (surprisingly) seldom see accessibility issues discussed in SEO community, search engine optimizers should definitely both explore and implement accessibility standards
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from jameskm03 2276 Days ago #
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I completely agree here.  Accessibility and Usability are not mentioned enough in the SEO community.  I went on a little rant about it a few months ago in my Blogging Manifesto

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from developdaly 2276 Days ago #
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I think SEOs should be Accessibility experts as well. It just makes too much sense.

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from cre8pc 2276 Days ago #
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We’ve had a forum at Cre8asiteforums on accessbility for years...seo and accessibilty discussed there.  There are also several long time SEO’s trained in usability and accessibility and working for clients along those lines.  It may be a case of just needing to learn SEO first and then beginning to broaden out skillsets rather than ignoring accessibility.

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from SeoBandy 2275 Days ago #
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I agree about it being common sense.. Accessibility makes good spidey food!

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from annie7 2275 Days ago #
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@Kim, thanks for the comment. I added link to cre8asiteforums accessibility section in the original thread.

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from cre8pc 2274 Days ago #
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Thanks Ann :)  I’m sure Webnaughts will agree...any exposure to accessibility is more than welcomed!

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from seomartin 2274 Days ago #
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I also totally agree.

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from IncrediBILL 2274 Days ago #
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Yes, this is a good topic but I think people that write about accessibility should actually have sites that PASS accessibility in the first place or even validate for that matter.

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from martinibuster 2274 Days ago #
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WebmasterWorld has had an Accessibility Forum for a couple years, too.http://www.webmasterworld.com/accessibility_usability/Thanks Ann for touching on the topic because, sadly, there are probably many for whom this is new stuff. Visiting creatasite or wmw and going through every forum and peeking at the top posts should be obligatory reading for everyone new to the industry.I don’t pretend to build strictly accessible websites, however at the very least, I try to keep as much noise down as possible for people with screen readers.

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from IncrediBILL 2274 Days ago #
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Looks like the truth got an edit and away went the link to reliable information on RNIBGuess the facts aren’t important.

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from Jill 2273 Days ago #
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Haha...strange that, Bill.

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from JohnHGohde 2273 Days ago #
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I do not have access to a screenreader because good ones cost over a $1,000.  And, since the blind are getting a bit too demanding for my tastes, I am sure that the blind would find most of my sites non-accessible.Nevertheless, I like to make sites that are accessible to NORMAL, if not strange, people.  This post covers a number of accessibility issues, buts fails to even mention the FireFox / IE compatibilty problem.  It provides enough good info to be Sphinn worthy, however.

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from IncrediBILL 2273 Days ago #
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@Jill - if nobody cares about the quality of the content, the accuracy, or the authoritativeness of the source, I guess that speaks volumes

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from evilgreenmonkey 2273 Days ago #
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@IncrediBILL Was the RNIB link removed from the blog or from Sphinn? If it was removed from Sphinn, please accept our apologies and feel free to re-post it.

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from NickWilsdon 2273 Days ago #
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Andy Budd in the UK has done some great work on accessibility.Business Case for AccessibilityDesign For Accessibility Presentation (slightly old now but still v. good)Here’s an RNIB link from Andy’s article above (odd that went missing Bill?) 

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from IncrediBILL 2273 Days ago #
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Maybe you think I went overboard but having blind friends that rely on accurate information does get me a bit riled up when I see things that aren’t quite right being presented as fact. The w3C quotes in the article are from a standards organization, not the people that actually use those standards and the tools that assist the blind, which are too totally different things. The link I posted was directly to an RNIB link specifying the proper use of TITLE tags:http://www.rnib.org.uk/wacblog/articles/too-much-accessibility/too-much-accessibility-title-attributes/

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from DivisiveCottonwood 2273 Days ago #
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’I do not have access to a screenreader because good ones cost over a $1,000.  And, since the blind are getting a bit too demanding for my tastes, I am sure that the blind would find most of my sites non-accessible.Nevertheless, I like to make sites that are accessible to NORMAL, if not strange, people.  This post covers a number of accessibility issues, buts fails to even mention the FireFox / IE compatibilty problem.  It provides enough good info to be Sphinn worthy, however.’’the blind are getting a bit too demanding for my tastes’ - I presume you are being ironic here.’buts fails to even mention the FireFox / IE compatibilty problem’ - what do you mean by this?There’s quite a competant screen readers here: (and it’s free)http://www.screenreader.net/Accessibility, SEO, usability and good web design all go hand-in-hand really. If you follow the W3C accessibility guidelines then you can’t go that far wrong for all four of those.

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from annie7 2272 Days ago #
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"This post covers a number of accessibility issues, buts fails to even mention the FireFox / IE compatibilty problem"This is yet completely different story...

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from IncrediBILL 1965 Days ago #
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Technical issues with the content, readers would be better served going to the RNIB site.

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