US Presidential Candidate Websites and Accessibility: Winners and Losers

A few weeks ago, we decided to take a poke around at some presidential candidate’s websites. What we found was nothing short of surprising, so we wanted to share some of what we found. To perform this analysis, we used (that’s us, of course) to analyze all public facing URLs of each candidate’s site. […]

Great, I have test results. Now what?

The best feature of an automated testing tool is also its worst: The ability to go through large amounts of code and find errors that don’t require a human to find. Using an automated tool you should be able to test hundreds of pages in a matter of minutes. Finding the average number of pages […]

Getting instant return from your accessibility testing

The Accessibility Business Case is something I’m very interested in thinking and talking about. Historically, many in the web accessibility field have produced various facts and figures providing a business justification for accessibility. On my personal site, I’ve discussed issue prevention as a business case. Of all business case arguments, it is the one I’ve┬áseen […] End of Year – Startup experience at 9 months in, product updates, and more

In September, I published Startup Experience: 6 months in. If you’re not already familiar with us, that might be a good prerequisite to getting context for some of the stuff below.┬áThis will be our “End of the Year” post, at 9 months of startup experience. I’m going to break this post into two sections: Business […]

Issue Density as a performance indicator

High-quality software is not expensive. High-quality software is faster and cheaper to build and maintain than low-quality software, from initial development all the way through total cost of ownership. Capers Jones One of the challenges posed by using an automated testing tool is dealing with issue volume and issues out of context. In the former […]

Build vs. buy is even harder when you care about accessibility

This week, we signed up for and installed their code on our site. is incredibly inaccessible. Why would we do such a thing? Nobody likes to reinvent the wheel, especially in cases where the system you need isn’t core to your business. Build vs. buy is a decision that every company has to […]

Startup experience: 6 months in

This is a blog post aimed at other start-ups – especially those who, like us, really had no idea what the heck they were doing when they got started. We want to talk about how things have gone in our first 6 months. Along the way, we’ll drop in our own advice. If you’re unfamiliar […]

Tutorial – Using Tenon as a Grunt Task

Sample code for this post is available on Github: grunt-tenon-demo. Brief primer on automated task running Grunt is an automated task runner – that is, a tool that is primarily used to automate repetitious development tasks. A whole pile of big companies use Grunt and there are over 4000 plugins for Grunt. Think about the […]

Tenon turns accessibility testing on its head.

Tenon started with two developers determined to do it better: to help our customers avoid issues before they occur. The most powerful approach to compliance is to avoid accessibility issues in the first place. And the most powerful tool for developers is one they will use consistently, everyday, as an integrated part of workflow. While […]

How to “Grade” a page tested with

One of the more significant challenges in doing accessibility testing with an automated tool is trying to get an idea of how the page actually performs for users. The truth is, the only truly reliable thing a tool can claim is that it found X-number of instances where the code failed the tool’s specified tests. […]