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June 19 - Carroll Tech 2.0 has been released
Our web development team has been hard at work behind the scenes making changes to the way Carroll Tech looks, feels, and operates. Having learned from their two years of very active experience with the original Carroll Tech web application, and from feedback from users like you, they have made numerous usability, accessibility and feature enhancements and have rolled out this package under the guise of Carroll Tech 2.0.
Accessibility experts and pioneers in the field, our development team originally paved the way with innovative accessibility features hoping their one of a kind techniques would be adopted by other web developers interested in creating accessible websites. Unfortunately, these innovative techniques remained in use solely by Carroll Tech. Since then, other techniques were adopted and widely used across the web. Our development team decided it was time to let go of their innovations and adopt the accessibility techniques used by other accessibile websites. Hopefully, a unified standard will emerge and disabled users might begin to expect certain behaviors across many different sites on the web.
Carroll Tech 2.0 differs from the original in two main aspects:
- Rather that presenting the content first and providing a link to "skip to the navigation", Carroll Tech 2.0 adopts the more widely used "skip to main content" link at the top of every page. This may take some getting used to for long time users of the original website as your first tabs will bring you to the navigation, not the main content as it did before.
- Our accesskeys are now numbers, and not letters. Using letters as accesskeys can sometimes lead to conflicts with operating system shortcuts, or access technology functions. In an effort to avoid such conflicts, Carroll Tech 2.0 and many other accessible websites, have started using numbers to provide quick access to common website functions.
In addition to the changes mentioned above, we have reduced the number of links not related to the main content of the page, so that navigating our site with a keyboard is much easier. Many usability and accessibility improvements have been made to our interactive forms as well.
We hope Carroll Tech 2.0 meets your expectations. If there are any features from the old site that you wish us to bring back, or new features you would like to see added, feel free to user our new support request form to submit a suggestion.