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Slides: Implementing Accessibility for a11yTO

Last night I spoke for about 25 minutes at the Accessibility Toronto meet-up. Joseph McLarty led with an overview of accessibility as a concept, touching on disabilities and simple testing techniques (see his slides at SlideShare). Then I ran through the following slides discussing how, from a process perspective, you…

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Tags: accessibility, slides, speaking

Make Your Vine Archive Accessible & Future-Proof

Well, make it accessible at least. Context: Seriously, even the pagination is made of non-links and non-buttons. These developers are now building other platforms. Poorly. pic.twitter.com/kETE6Dv0IS— Adrian Roselli (@aardrian) January 18, 2017 Step 1: Capture the Rendered HTML Open your browser developer tools and copy the entire thing into a…

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Tags: accessibility, html, standards, usability, UX

Avoid Messages Under Fields

Sometimes we fail to consider how browser features can jack up our interfaces. This is neither good nor bad, but we do need to account for it. My argument here is simple. Avoid putting important actionable or informational text exclusively below form fields. This includes labels, hints, and error messages.…

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Tags: browser, design, mobile, usability, UX

Speaking at MinneWebCon

This May I will be traveling to Minneapolis to speak at MinneWebCon. In its own words: MinneWebCon is a two-day web conference in Minneapolis that encourages inclusive grassroots knowledge-sharing. In addition to keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and half-day workshops, our annual conference is a space for speakers and attendees to…

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Tags: accessibility, speaking, standards, usability, UX

Accessible Emoji, Tweaked

Léonie Watson recently posted Accessible Emoji, a simple technique to make emoji characters accessible to those with screen readers. It requires a little bit of extra effort when inserting an emoji into a web page, but it is worth it to convey the meaning to screen reader users. Then there…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, design, html, print, usability, UX

Don’t Re-Create Browser Features

There has been some discussion lately around, of all things, text resizing widgets on web sites. It was kicked off by a post from Jeffrey Zeldman suggesting that perhaps it is time to bring them back. Even mighty responsive design benefits from offering a choice of font sizes—because there are…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, design, fonts, usability, UX

Be Wary of Nesting Roles

As a web developer, you may take it for granted that you cannot nest a hyperlink. I mean, you can nest a hyperlink, but more likely than not you already know how problematic that can be — and not just because the validator will kick that back as an error.…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, html, standards, UX

Web Development Advent Calendars for 2016

The chocolate in that calendar was terrible. Terrible enough that I keep re-using this photo since I do not want to buy a new calendar. For a few years now web developers around the world have celebrated Saturnalia Christmas with advent calendars covering topics related to the web. Some come…

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Tags: css, design, html, standards, UX

a11y = Accessibility

TL;DR: a11y is shorthand for accessibility. Those middle characters are the number one, not lower-case Ls. Say it as A-one-one-Y or A-eleven-Y. Numeronym The a11y you may see on Twitter was not invented just to help such a long word fit into a tweet. It, and others, have been around…

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Tags: accessibility, internationalization, localization

Slides from Accessibility Camp Toronto 2016: Mind Your lang

The slides from my talk at Accessibility Camp Toronto, Mind Your lang. Note: Below are the animated images and video 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…

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

Slides from Role=Drinks

I finally got to attend a Role=Drinks event, this one in Amsterdam. Coming off the Fronteers conference (which I did not attend), there were some other folks in town who helped make it feel a bit like a global meet-up. I have embedded my slides, though they may not make…

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Tags: accessibility, slides, UX, WCAG

Building Custom Documentation into Your WordPress Site

A few months ago (that read “days ago” when I started this post in April) I attended WordCamp Buffalo and saw a great talk on training and educating clients for using WordPress by Jen Witkowski (you can view her slides). While there is a free, regularly-updated, and unofficial manual (Easy…

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Tags: project management, usability, UX, WordPress

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