gratis mobile usability assessment: Dixon Lambtown

Recently I wrote a lightweight web accessibility assessment of—really a quick tour of usability obstacles to supporting any of the fifty-two vendors registered for this year’s Lambtown festival: no formal WCAG citations, just what people trying to buy wares would see.

Let’s extend that lightweight, vendor-oriented assessment to the iOS and Android apps released for Lambtown, plus how someone would find the apps via the website. The current post also remarks upon usability issues, not only accessibility-specific ones. Continue reading “gratis mobile usability assessment: Dixon Lambtown”

Andreas Burkard, Monitoring Systems for Checking Websites on Accessibility

Today I attended an English-language webinar about the results of an accessibility-tool evaluation study conducted by the Competence Center on Digital Accessibility at Stuttgart Hochschule der Medien (Stuttgart Media University), Germany. The lead presenter was Andreas Burkard, and Prof. Dr. Gottfried Zimmermann assisted with Q&A; Laura Eppler and Kira Frankenfeld were silent members of the presentation. A German-language webinar on the same topic took place separately.

[Edited to add, 27 Oct 2020: HdM has now released links to PDF slides in German and English.]

Here’s the event summary:

The goal of this study was to identify a monitoring system on the market that is best suited for the needs of the university. We evaluated various factors, e.g. coverage of WCAG criteria, percentage of errors found, percentage of false positives. Also, we evaluated the usability of the systems based on an user study. The monitoring systems that were evaluated in the study are (in alphabetic order):

  • Deque: WorldSpace Comply (now called axe Monitor)
  • Pope Tech
  • Siteimprove: Accessibility
  • The Paciello Group: ARC Monitoring

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gratis web accessibility assessment: Dixon Lambtown

Lambtown, an annual festival in Dixon, CA, has gone virtual this year, 2-4 Oct 2020! Props to them for converting an experience vibrant to participants’ physical senses into a web- and app-based experience. I’ve attended twice within the past ten years, once alone and once with my child, who enjoyed seeing weavers and spinners demonstrate their skills nearly as much as I did.

Gentle disclaimer, therefore: the assessment below is meant in good faith. I’ve sent Lambtown’s info@ contact address a link to this post, as a courtesy.

My post highlights a few critical issues; it doesn’t try to cover every major usability hurdle for the site, and it’s silent about anything cosmetic. I’m most interested in what would prevent a site visitor from accomplishing one or more of these key tasks:

  1. From the home page at, find the vendor page.
  2. View the vendor list at
  3. View the vendor profile (details) for any particular vendor.

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Library Coffee Chat: Supporting Students with Remote Learning; Preservation Overview

I had the pleasure today of attending a Zoom-based UC Berkeley Library talk on preservation and conservation, led by Hannah Tashjian and sponsored by the Library Development Office. As preface, University Librarian Jeff MacKie-Mason gave an update about Library activities during the pandemic.

LDO also noted an upcoming panel, UC Research Should Be Free to All: COVID-19 Shows Us Why, on 16 Oct 2020.

Supporting Students, Supporting Research Needs

Earlier this year, the Library had halted ordering physical materials for several months because it wasn’t possible to ship or receive them—but they’re back to processing acquisitions. Research services exist by appointment, including in person with appropriate precautions for Bancroft (rare book, manuscript, art collections) and microfilm materials.

Oski Xpress pickup services are currently limited to Gardner Stacks and Morrison Room holdings because those are the spaces where library staff are permitted currently to operate in person. Gaining access to other spaces for reshelving and paging is in progress. It’s complex because the navigable areas need to be mapped out, water fountains closed off, etc. Then they need to plan out how many individuals can be in the space at once, make PPE available, make clear requests of Facilities staff for additional cleaning and maintenance, and identify who will actually enter the building, with the relevant approvals. Understandably, the preparation takes significant effort and time….


Hannah Tashjian joined the Preservation unit in 2005 (which used to be called Conservation, memory says); she’s served as its interim head since 2018. She gave an overview of the unit’s mission and primary strategies, then showed some tools and spoke about what we can learn from mending and sometimes re-mending materials—printed books, bound manuscript codices, fragments of Tebtunis papyrus, art posters, and … a javelin in the University Archives. I recognized Samuel L. Clemens’s handwriting immediately from an 1873 letter shown in one slide, and I enjoyed hearing about the Western notebooks from which mold had been removed. The twenty minutes of Q&A that followed Tashjian’s talk included a lively discussion of digitization sustainability.

I’ve no current affiliation other than alum. For more information and to support UC Berkeley Library activities and staff, please contact the Library Development Office or its executive director, Louise Gregory.

cho shim

In 2018, Kiha and the Faces released “Cho Shim” as a single from their fifth and final album. Video.

Three short translation notes: Continue reading “cho shim”