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Analog Accessibility Analogues

I am just so unnecessarily pleased with that title. These are all based on requests around software/web remediation. Requests I have received, seen, and/or addressed. I am transposing them to meat-space to provide a different perspective. Maybe that is useful, maybe not. At the very least I hope it is…


Tags: accessibility, standards, usability, UX

There Is No Document Outline Algorithm

I figured I would state the entire argument in the title. After all, as of this writing and the last seven-plus years, the statement is accurate as far as the browsers are concerned. I am penning this as sort of a follow-up to my post from 2013, The Truth about…


Tags: accessibility, html, JavaScript, rant, standards, W3C, WCAG

My Slides from Abstractions

Slides from my talk at Abstractions, Fringe Accessibility. Note: Below are the animated images that were in my slides but which did not survive in the transition to SlideShare. They are all quite large and will take time to load. If you want to save on your data plan, hit…


Tags: accessibility, css, html, slides, speaking, standards, usability, UX, W3C, WAI, WCAG

A Response to Thoughts on HTML5

This is a response to Thoughts on HTML5 by Janus Boye over on Medium. You can read this response on Medium as well. At the time of this writing, there is one response to my comment. I am re-creating it here because I feel strongly that relying on a third-party…


Tags: accessibility, html, standards, W3C, WCAG

Stop Throwing Away Your Content

It is not uncommon for individuals and even entire organizations to rely on some third party platform to host all their thought-leadering. Medium is the common choice, but many use other platforms as well, such as LinkedIn. While many argue that the reach is better and it is easier than…


Tags: internet, rant, usability

We Reward the Wrong Things

As an industry, in general we praise sites that look good, maybe with nifty animations, cool hover effects, and the mythical 60fps golden standard. That is all nonsense. Ego-stroking pointless fluff. Usually lipstick on the proverbial pig. Today I saw a well-known name in the industry, a brand name if…


Tags: accessibility, rant, usability, UX

On Link Underlines

TL;DR: In general, I recommend underlining links in body content. In the absence of a better style appropriate for a specific site, this is the way to go. Overview It is amazing to me how this suggestion causes so much angst and fighting. Designers often argue that they look ugly,…


Tags: accessibility, css, design, standards, usability, UX, WCAG

Speaking at Abstractions

From August 18 through 20 I will be in Pittsburgh, PA to attend and speak at the inaugural Abstractions conference. As described on the site: Abstractions is a new conference that brings together everyone involved in modern software development — designers, developers, DevOps, and community leaders — to teach, learn,…


Tags: accessibility, html, speaking, standards, usability, WCAG

Punch-Out Avatar

I built this on a whim after seeing some terrible examples on Stack Overflow, so unlike other demos I build there was no immediate application. That means it may or may not be useful as-is. Variation For this post I have forked each variation of the original and added a…


Tags: accessibility, css, html, standards

Slides for Guelph Accessibility Conference

After a two-plus hour drive to Guelph on Memorial Day (in the U.S., not Canada), I attended a full day of talks and hallway conversations at the Guelph Accessibility Conference. I also had the pleasure of presenting in the last slot of the day in the main auditorium. Feedback was…


Tags: accessibility, css, html, slides, speaking, standards, usability, UX, WCAG

Chromatic Web Fonts, Redux

In 2012 I wrote about how to use chromatic type with pseudo-elements. My objective back then was to minimize the hassle of a content author using a WYSIWYG while also not overwhelming a screen reader user with triplicate content. Pseudo-elements achieved that, though support for pseduo-elements in screen readers is…


Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, design, fonts, html

My Slides for Inclusive Design 24 for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This morning I had the pleasure of presenting at the free online Inclusive Design 24 hour webinar by The Paciello Group as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. As promised, my slides are embedded here for you, or you can go directly to SlideShare to see them. Correction: I cited…


Tags: accessibility, ARIA, html, slides, speaking, usability, UX, WCAG

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