As I write this, 97% of the US population is under stay-at-home orders, which means that unless a person is an essential employee or performing an essential function, they must stay home. All 50 states are in a State of Emergency. The economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been massive. Consumer spending is down and unemployment is the highest it has been since the Great Depression. Among the hardest hit businesses are restaurants and bars. In March, the National Restaurant Association predicted between 5 and 7 million jobs would be lost. That number represents around 40% of the jobs in that sector. The downturn will most certainly mean the closure of massive numbers of restaurants and bars. Industry magazine QSR estimates that 11% of restaurants will shut their doors in April alone.
Tenon was founded on a simple principle: to provide tools and services based on making websites honestly more accessible. We’re not here to help you tick the boxes. We’re not going to make exaggerated claims about what percentage of errors our API-centered testing tool can find or minimize how much work there still is to do on a website. We’re here to face the facts about meeting the real needs of people with disabilities.
After an intense period of development, the first phase of our new website has gone live. We are really proud of what we have achieved and would like to share some of the choices and challenges we faced along the road and how we overcame them.
While we were building our own accessible components library called Tenon UI, we found that it is surprisingly difficult to accessibly link validation and additional informative or hint texts to checkbox and radiobutton groups.
Since February 2018, Tenon.io has been performing research 24/7/365 on accessibility and publish the raw numbers publicly on our site. The data gathering is ongoing but slow. We analyze logs (from customers who’ve given us permission) as well as crawling the web on our own. We take the logs and analyze the technologies in use on the page’s domain. The ultimate goal, at this point, is just to gather the data to determine whether any of it is useful.