Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and deeper it sinks into the mind.

It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

Good advice usually works best when preceded by a bad scare.

Always do right–this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

Distrust interested advice.

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom.

A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.


Ask an Expert

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

How to make online shopping more accessible

The trick here is to ensure that your online shopping facility is easy to access, easy to navigate and one that visitors will return to time and time again. No; it is not just about cute colors, snazzy images, and great graphics!

If you really wish to make your online shopping facility accessible and nagigable, then I have some suggestions for you.

  1. Make sure that your forms are easy to complete. That is, that your fields are clearly identifiable and that they are easy to fill in.
  2. Make sure that you clearly explain your products; not just through pictures and graphics but also through the use of text that is easy to understand and that it is written in plain and simple language.
  3. Make full use of alt text to clearly describe graphics and icons.
  4. Provide alternate texts of down loadable files in such formats as Txt, Doc, HTML, and accessible PDF.
  5. Make sure that your content is easy to access and easy to read.
  6. Provide appropriate messages to let the person know if their transactions have either been successfully completed or if they have failed and give reasons and suggestions as to why they have failed and how to correct the errors.
  7. Provide suitable contrasts in foreground and background and make sure that your fonts are easy to read.
  8. Finally; employ accessibility testers to test for accessibility. One of the most common pitfalls is that too many companies fail to hire persons with disabilities to test choosing instead to hire regular testers.

This should be a good start for you.

Good luck!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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