Henny Swan

An experienced Web Accessibility Consultant who has focused on accessibility and usability since the late 90's.

Henny Swan
10 November 2011

Summary Each member of a team plays a role in building a website or web app that is accessible ranging from the project manager, designer, developer, tester and Information Architect (IA). This article looks at a few key aspects of accessibility that if anticipated at IA stage go a long way to ensuring usable websites for people with access needs and safeguarding against costly fixes post launch. Before you start Before you start working on the IA you need to be sure what the parameters are for the build. The brief or requirements handed down by the project manager, or…

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Henny Swan
3 October 2011

Overview This article looks at the role of the Project Manager in delivering an accessible website. It’s the first in a series looking at roles and responsibilities within a team as they work together to deliver accessible websites. Each member of a team has a responsibility linked to their particular skill set however it’s the Project Manager who has the overview of the project both in terms of vision and implementation. A good Project Manager will recognize this and do what they can to give clarity and support teams in delivering their piece of the project. Requirements gathering At the…

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Henny Swan
7 February 2011

This article is not about testing with screen readers as such (I’ve written about this elsewhere) but rather what needs to be considered in order to establish a good screen reader testing plan within larger overall accessibility and general quality assurance plans. Its written in such a way that I hope organisations of any size or budget can adapt and use it. What are screen readers? Screen readers are a text-to-speech software that work on top of a web browser (and other applications) to read screen content out to users who have severe sight problems, reading problems or learning disabilities….

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