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Balancing Act: Features, Budgets & Timelines at Web Standards Sherpa

As of today I am an author over at Web Standards Sherpa. I wrote an article discussing the process of juggling a no-budget, tight-timeframe web site for Buffalo Soccer Club while still trying to adhere to best practices. The article is titled “Balancing Act: Features, Budgets &┬áTimelines.” I get a…

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Tags: accessibility, clients, css, html, mobile, print, project management, standards

ARIA Tabs

Last week I spent my Friday afternoon trying to get my head around how to apply ARIA properly to a tabbed interface. I even got so far as to map it out on my whiteboard and snap a photo so I could mull it over during the weekend. And then…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, html, JavaScript, standards, W3C, WAI

Still Guessing on Accessibility

I have no illusions that accessibility on the web can be tricky. It’s primarily tricky because of the way developers choose to implement it. Web Axe nicely sums it up: Most people don’t realize that the web IS accessible. The problem is that designers and developers break it.— Web Axe…

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

2012 Advent Calendars for Web Devs

Now that the (Western, my favorite) holiday season is upon us, the tradition of advent calendars whose chocolate is replaced with web-related tips and articles is back. This year’s crop is missing some from last year, but there’s still good stuff to be found. If you know of any others,…

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Tags: accessibility, css, html, internet, JavaScript, usability, UX

New Main Element Approved, then Blocked

When I saw main proposed as an element a few months ago (or content or maincontent as alternate names), I didn’t think the process to fold it into the HTML specification would move very quickly. Much to my surprise on the W3C HTML Working Group mailing list the main element…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, html, standards, W3C, whatwg

Page-Level Container Discussion for HTML5

As I started down the path of my first HTML5 web page I spent a good deal of time trying to understand the sectioning elements of HTML5 — nav, article, aside, and section — as well as the major structural elements such as header and footer. Trying to find the…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, html, standards, W3C

Alt Text on the Picture Element?

This is one of those posts that might interest only a few people and even then only if you are interested in a very specific aspect of this ongoing standard development. Yesterday I got into a conversation (just one of the messages) on the W3C Responsive Image Community Group mailing…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, html, standards, W3C

CSS Background Images & High Contrast Mode

I try to stay up on accessibility gotchas and weird browser implementations, but I just discovered one that I suspect I should have already known. In Steve Faulkner’s post, Notes on accessible CSS image sprites, he tosses out a factoid that was new to me: When high contrast mode is…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, css, Internet Explorer, standards, W3C, WHCM

It’s OK to Use Tables

Baby Boomerangutuang, one of the Tick’s students. He is shouting It’s OK to play with dolls! If you cut your teeth building for the web in the 90s and even into the 00s, then you probably learned to lay out your HTML pages using <table>s. As CSS support and techniques…

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Tags: accessibility, css, rant, standards, tables

Let’s Treat Old Browser Users Better

It’s not hard to stumble across diatribes against IE6 (and 7 and 8) users across forums peopled by web developers. As a web developer there is no denying that my desire to play with the new and shiny is hampered by my need to support users on older browsers and…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, internet, mobile, rant, usability, UX

Accessibility Bookmarklets and Tools

Testing accessibility on your web projects can be a tricky task if you have no firsthand experience with visual, audible, physical or even cognitive impairment. Having resources in the community is important as is tracking down the same tools in use in that community. Despite all this it’s nice to…

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Tags: accessibility, html, standards, W3C, WAI, WCAG

Another Anti-IE Gimmick

Internet Explorer has been the whipping boy of the internet for some time now, particularly Internet Explorer 6. Now it seems Internet Explorer 7 may be the new cool target. Australian electronics seller Kogan has decided to impose a “tax” on users of Internet Explorer 7. The justification from Kogan’s…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, internet, rant, standards, UX

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