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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Even custom overlays have questionable value

A friend of mine recently asked me about my opinion on "Custom" overlay products such as Deque's Amaze or Alchemy by Level Access. Below is a lightly-edited version of my response.

Investment in the accessibility industry

I've been contacted by Elephant Partners, Armour Capital, Volition Capital, Ridgepeak Partners, Insight Partners, Level Equity, Elesewhere Partners, and more. Each time an equity firm has reached out this year, I've sent that exact message in response - not to be a jerk, but to make sure neither of us are wasting the other person's time.

Core Accessibility Concerns for Human Resources

On September 3, 2019, Maryann Murad and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com for Employment discrimination. If accessibility is a relatively new topic for you, this might seem like yet another example of the current pattern of ADA troll lawsuits that have been getting a ton of attention lately.

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. …