Now, last time I was presented with one of those “prove to me you’re a human, read this squiggly word in a graphic” tests when signing up for something, I have to admit I thought they were quite neat. It wasn’t until I was trying to explain to someone at work that tables were terrible for accessibility (if used as structural design elements, rather than for tabular data) because of the way screen readers tended to see them, that I realised how flawed this human verification method is for the blind. I was interested to notice that the W3C has also criticized the approach and quite pleased that this sort of news was even appearing … there seems to be all too little coverage in mainstream news, tech or no.

This week’s OK/Cancel also focuses on accessibility … whilst the comic focuses on possibly taking things a bit too far, the main article is a treasure trove of resources to investigate in order to make things more accessible. As Simon has long commented, accessibility isn’t that much more work, once you know what you’re doing. Unfortunately this site is probably a terrible example, as Movable Type really doesn’t produce the best markup in the world. And although I’m aware of some of the fundamental things that need to be sorted for various needs (e.g. resizable text, alt tags on images, not using tables for structure, etc, etc) I think I need to dedicate some more time to sorting things out. Possibly even take the plunge and follow Mark Pilgrim’s entire 30 Days to a More Accessible Blog series. But I wouldn’t hold your breath if I were you … things are a bit manic at the moment.

Incidentally, there’s some great info on A Whole Lotta Nothing as well as Simon Willison’s Weblog about how to run multiple versions of IE on one Windows installation. I wonder if anyone’s put together a guide to getting all the browsers with any sort of market share set up on one computer (any platform) yet?