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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

Image alt Exception Change Re-Re-Requested

Just over a year ago now I covered how the HTML5 specification is going to allow the alt attribute to be excluded from img elements under some very specific circumstances (Image alt Attributes Not Always Required in HTML5 and More on Image alt Requirement in HTML5). The one I am…

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

Copying Content Styled with Text-Transform

Using the CSS property text-transform to automatically shift copy to uppercase has been popular for a while now, but a combination of a recent explosion in the use of that style and my slow move to Chrome as my default browser has caused me to regularly paste text into emails,…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, Chrome, css, fonts, rant, Safari, standards, W3C

Twitter Improves Site Speed by Dumping Hash-Bangs

Back in September 2010 Twitter changed how its site renders by pushing much of the processing to the web browser using JavaScript and hash-bang (#!) URLs. Today Twitter has announced it is essentially dumping that approach: To improve the twitter.com experience for everyone, we’ve been working to take back control…

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Tags: accessibility, JavaScript, standards, Twitter, UX

Dining in the Dark

A blindfolded photo attempt of my meal, served and eaten in near darkness. Thankfully it turns out that my aim with my fork was better than my aim with my cellphone camera. Two weeks ago our longtime client Olmsted Center for Sight (formerly the lengthily-named Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D. Center…

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Tags: accessibility, food, UX, WAI, WCAG

Make a Better Restaurant Site

Last night I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion for the Buffalo chapter of Social Media Club. The panel consisted of a food blogger, a restaurant review site owner, a restaurant / cooking school owner, and a local food writer / reviewer / event planner. As I asked…

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Tags: accessibility, design, Flash, food, mobile, rant, social media

Don’t Expect Microsoft’s Auto-Update to Kill IE6

Last week Microsoft announced that it is planning to start upgrading users to the latest version of Internet Explorer that their computers can run (IE to Start Automatic Upgrades across Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7). Web developers for the most part were overjoyed with the notion that IE6,…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, internet, Internet Explorer, Microsoft

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