Wells Fargo Financial

Wells Fargo Financial
I would like to introduce Wells Fargo Financial to my favorite web browser – Firefox. Apparently, the uber high tech features of the Wells Fargo Financial website are only accessible to Internet Explorer (note, they only list versions 5 and 6!), Netscape Navigator (is it 1999?), and the ever popular America Online browser!

Firefox users (as well as anyone using Safari) who attempt to login to the Wells Fargo Financial website will be greeted by the following Firefox-unfriendly message:

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University of Michigan + Ableism

University of Michigan
The University of Michigan‘s Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor is apparently in violation of the American’s with Disabilities Act. A letter sent to the University of Michigan by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) (6MB PDF) informed the university that three complaints had been filed alleging that the stadium is “not accessible to or usable by individuals with mobility impairments.” The OCR determined that the University of Michigan was in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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The University of Tennessee Website

The University of Tennessee website redesign screenshot

The University of Tennessee recently re-designed their primary web pages. The new page design is very accessible, user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing and it’s optimized for search engines. Pages were coded using standards-based design techniques. Their use of cascading style sheets to “style” the homepage is gorgeous and accessible for users with visual impairments. Kudos to the University of Tennessee and the Office of Creative Services! They have truly created a “web 2.0” university website.

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World Usability Day

From the Official Google Blog:

World Usability Day, November 14, 2006, is for everyone who’s ever asked these questions. This Earth Day style event, focused on raising awareness and visibility of usability engineering and user centered design, is currently being organized by volunteers and local event coordinators from around the world. Whether a usability professional or just an enthusiastic (or frustrated) user, each participant is making a contribution to “making life easy”.

Check out the worldwide usability events map as well as the usability webcasts schedule.

The Zerolon

The Zerolon by Zeroll:

  • Made of aircraft aluminum
  • Hard anodized, fused Teflon finish
  • Cuts waste up to 20%
  • Self-defrosting fluid in handle for quick load, fast release
  • Unique one-piece design
  • No moving parts
  • Comfortable in right or left hand

Anecdotal information shows that the “Original Zeroll and the Zerolon have increased profits for businesses for almost 65 years.”

Zeroll Zerolon Ice Cream Scoop

This is the first ice cream scoop that I’ve owned that came with its own instruction manual. My last scoop, a Pampered Chef ice cream dipper, was incinerated in the dishwasher.

The Zerolon should last until the year 3,056 where it will be discovered and revered as a cultural artifact.

“The Original Zeroll one piece design created a hollow handle for the Zeroll defrosting fluid that transfers hand heat through the aluminum handle to the unique scooping bowl. This helps the scoop cut through ice cream for easier dipping from bulk ice cream cartons.”

The Zeroll Company

Accessibility

Giving presentations on web usability and web accessibility at conferences and workshops: 9

Talking about web standards and web accessibility at meetings: 1,476

Adding ALT attributes to images and testing Flash to see if it really can be compatible with screenreaders: 2,322+

Working on websites to ensure that they are accessible for all users: 11

Hearing my colleagues mention web accessibility, Section 508, and web standards before I do: Priceless.