Mary Jo Mueller

By Mary Jo Mueller on March 22, 2021

Give me a VPAT with that BLT

Hands up if you know what a VPAT is. Although the concept of accessibility is pretty familiar these days, some of its acronyms are not. Even if you can tell me that VPAT® stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, chances are you could use some help writing or interpreting one. At least, that’s the conclusion reached by US federal […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on December 10, 2019

IBM Accessibility tribute to Dr. Jim Thatcher

News has spread throughout the IBM accessibility community that one of our family, Dr. Jim Thatcher passed away this weekend at the age of 83. Jim worked for IBM for 37 years and left a legacy that to this day works to make technology accessible to persons with disabilities. He first joined IBM as a […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on July 31, 2019

Accessibility Conformance Test Rules Format 1.0 reaches Proposed Recommendation status

It’s a common question with accessibility verification and reporting. How did someone arrive at their test results? Are their results accurate, or are the issues being reported really not required by the accessibility standards? As a developer, it can be really frustrating when you’ve done the accessibility work and validated using robust automated tools and sound […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on January 28, 2016

Accessibility Policy and Regulation Outlook 2016

Many people worldwide approach a new year by making resolutions: learning something new, making a life change for the better, or making changes to old goals. In my work life I try to do the same by setting goals for accomplishments that will make a difference. One of those goals is to make forward progress […]

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