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More News in the URL Shortener Market

Back in October I commented how the list of URL shorteners has gotten even shorter (or shortener, as I liked to call it). As bit.ly rose to the top thanks to Twitter, Tr.im and Cli.gs called it quits. Things have changed a bit since then.Recap and UpdatesTr.imTr.im took back its…

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Tags: internet, social media, standards

Telling Clients They Are Wrong

If you have spent time as a solo web jockey or your job has you interacting directly with clients, you’ve probably been faced with the client who asks for something you feel is wrong. If you’re new to this, it may seem like a dangerous situation to be in, when…

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Tags: clients, project management

How Many Disabled Users?

There is an article over at Practical Ecommerce titled Accessibility: How Many Disabled Web Users Are There? by Joe Dolson. It is refreshing to see more traditional sites dealing with accessibility, especially when it can so significantly affect their bottom line. As an indication that the author gets it: I…

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Tags: accessibility, usability

Tables as Consumed by JAWS

There is an interesting article over at the WebAIM blog titled JAWS Ate My Tables.The article describes how JAWS (version 10 in this case), a screen reader, decides whether an HTML table is used for layout purposes or as a data table. It turns out that JAWS does not lean…

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Tags: accessibility, html, JAWS, usability

Video Accessible to Keyboard Users

Trenton Moss over at Webcredible has posted an article, Accessible online video for keyboard-only users. The concepts within are very simple, but require developers to take an extra step or two, which may account for why we see so few sites with these features implemented.One key issue is that developers…

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Tags: accessibility, usability, video

Bulletproof @font-face Syntax (reprint)

Paul Irish has gone ahead and created a block of CSS that we can reliably embed into our pages that will import .eot and .ttf/.otf font files. In his article Bulletproof @font-face syntax, he breaks down the various options and their support, providing arguments for and against each. In the…

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Tags: browser, fonts, standards, typefaces, WOFF

10 (Obvious) Usability Crimes

Having stumbled across the article “10 Usability Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit, I can see that the suggestions are pretty obvious, and the number 10 is probably more arbitrary than based on some natural break in severity. However, there are some things in the article I have been repeating for…

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Tags: accessibility, usability, UX

24 Ways Is Back Over 24 Days

If you were paying attention any of the last few years, you may have noticed that the 24 Ways web site is set up to run as an annual advent calendar for web geeks. Each day the site posts a new article dealing with some aspect of the web, ideally…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, standards, usability, UX, W3C

Enjoying Thanksgiving with Social Media

A lot can be said about the value of social media, with arguments for real business value or ways to stay connected with friends and family or even that most of it is just egocentric drivel. As one of the purveyors of egocentric drivel in my Twitter stream, I can…

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Tags: Brightkite, food, Foursquare, social media, Twitter

4 Principles of Mobile UX Design

Boxes and Arrows has an article titled “Four Key Principles of Mobile User Experience Design” written by a former academic mobile UX (User eXperience) researcher. As the author transitioned to private sector he felt that when mobile UX was discussed it was too driven by the gee-whiz factors and not…

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Tags: accessibility, mobile, usability, UX

YouTube Will Automatically Caption Your Video

Three years ago YouTube/Google added the ability for video authors to add captions to videos. Over time support for multiple caption tracks was included, the expansion of search to consider text in captions, and even machine translation support for the captions (see my other post about machine translation risks).Even with…

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Tags: accessibility, Google, usability, video, WAI, WCAG, YouTube

IE9 First Details

Microsoft revealed some first details of Internet Explorer 9 at the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference, as reported by Mashable today. Only in development for three weeks, there’s still quite a lot of time before it gets to market. According to Mashable, Microsoft did have the following to say:On HTML 5:…

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Tags: browser, css, html, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, standards

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