Karl Groves

I have nearly two decades of experience in doing IT consulting for the biggest companies in the world and biggest agencies in the US Government. I lead by doing, I teach from experience, and I succeed by facilitating others' success. When others say "That can't be done" I show them how.

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The truth about the ROI of Web Accessibility

This isn't the first time that I've talked about the "Business Case" for accessibility. In 2011, I created a series of about a half-dozen posts on the topic. Some of my thoughts have refined over the years, though the general message remains the same. Here are my updated thoughts on the ROI of Accessibility.

Why using `tabindex` values greater than “0” is bad

Recently Tenon received a support request from a customer complaining that their site had thousands of issues in Tenon about their use of tabindex. The customer believed that their use of tabindex was a good thing because the tab order made sense. Here’s a cleaned-up version of the response I sent to them: It creates …

Do you need to be indemnified?

The heavy amount of litigation around accessibility in the United States has claimed another victim: reality. Recently, we had a potential customer ask us "Will you indemnify us if we get sued?". It was a shocking question, but not the first time we’ve been asked this. Over the years I’ve been asked this many times. …

Automated Lies, with one line of code

In 1998, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act came out, as did the first version of WCAG. In the time period of 1998-2000, a number of new companies were created around Web Accessibility. Major players in the US like Deque, The Paciello Group, and Bartimeus Group (later acquired by/ merged with SSB Technologies, becoming SSB …

On diversity and the ethics of design

Yesterday was the last day of Beyond Tellerand 2018 in Düsseldorf Germany. I was honored to present alongside people like Jens Oliver Meiert, Tracy Osborn, and Miriam Suzanne. I’m still amazed at the thoughtfulness and attention-to-detail that Marc Thiele puts into his events. He truly curates an atmosphere. While I personally favor events that are …

Common Sense Gun Control

I’ve posted on this topic before. Naturally, in the wake of yet another mass shooting in America, it is on my mind again. As of right now there have been 290 school shootings in the United States since 2013. No other country has more than 18 mass shooters. This is horrible and it keeps happening. …