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A Strongly Worded Letter

Last week while whining about having accessibility contributions to FOSS projects dismissed, I had a Twitter conversation about when the same thing happens with clients. I have a method to deal with that, however, which I briefly outlined on Twitter. I promised to expand on it in a blog post,…

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Underlines Are Beautiful

Underlines, the standard, built-in signifier of hyperlinks, the core feature of the web, are beautiful. This is objectively true. They are aesthetically one of the most delightful visual design elements ever created. They represent the ideal of a democratized information system. They are a frail monument to the worldwide reach…

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Tags: accessibility, design, usability, UX

Announcing a11y.reviews

Tobie Langel and I have launched a new site called a11y.reviews (spoken as Accessibility Reviews). Today if you want to identify if a tool, platform, service, resource, etc. is accessible you have to ask the broader community for its feedback. This does not scale. The goal of the site is…

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Baseline Rules for Scrollbar Usability

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Inclusive Design Principles Manage Expectations Wrap-up Now that one of the most popular CSS resource sites on the innertubes has implemented styled scrollbars in the browser I think the time is right (or too late?) for me to try to capture a starting point for ensuring…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, css, usability

Lessons from Gutenberg

When Rian Rietveld resigned from the WordPress accessibility team on October 9, I decided to track the fallout in an ongoing Twitter thread. The subsequent weeks and days proved to be wonderful insight into how a project can suffer when accessibility is not built in from the start. When subject…

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Tags: accessibility, standards

Toggling Animations On and Off, a Variation

In the post Toggling Animations On and Off Kirupa Chinnathambi does a great job of outlining the value in giving users a choice over seeing animations. Part of that is by honoring preferences users have already made in their operating systems to reduce the amount of animation they see. I…

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Tags: accessibility, css, usability, UX

Web Development Advent Calendars for 2018

Web developers around the world have celebrated Saturnalia solstice Isaac Newton’s birthday Christmas with advent calendars covering web-related topics. As a result, you may recognize some of the ones listed below. Every year I miss a few on day one, so add a comment or tweet me if you have…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, internet, standards, UX

Conferences, Speakers: Please Caption Your Videos

Over the last few years more and more conferences have started to provide live captions during talks. This is awesome and inclusive and great for the olds like me. It excites me so much that I even sponsored the live captions at a conference a couple months ago. While I…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, standards, usability, UX, video

Selfish Accessibility — Harbour Front HK

The slides from my talk at Harbour Front Hong Kong follow. If you cannot view the embed, visit them directly at SlideShare. Embedded Videos There were two videos in my talk. They will not play in the SlideShare embed, so I stuffed them below. Slide 53 The video demonstrates how…

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Tags: accessibility, slides, standards

Hack on MDN

Glenda Sims, Estelle Weyl, Janet Swisher, and I holding letter chairs from Alphabet, part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. We tried to form them into the #HackOnMDN hashtag for the event, but had to get a bit punny since there weren’t enough of each letter we needed. Photo by Dan…

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Selfish Accessibility at CodeDaze

The slides from my talk at CodeDaze follow. If you cannot view the embed, visit them directly at SlideShare. Embedded Videos There were two videos in my talk. They will not play in the SlideShare embed, so I stuffed them below. Slide 56 The video demonstrates how a screen reader…

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Variable Fonts and Dyslexia

Dyslexia is not a black or white, on or off condition. Some with dyslexia report different challenges than others, ranging from typefaces to page layout to other factors. A few years ago I wrote Typefaces for Dyslexia, where I gathered some research suggesting that dedicated typefaces, on the whole, do…

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

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