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Slides: The Role of Design in Accessibility — a11yTO Meet-up

Last night I drove up to Toronto, braving concurrent matches from two of their local sporting clubs, parking in oblivion, navigating a maze of progressive rings of fencing, sneaking into the venue via a propped service door, and presented on the role of design in accessibility. It was a code-light…

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Tags: accessibility, design, slides, WCAG

Reading Order Bookmarklet

When a keyboard-only user or screen reader user comes to page that uses CSS to create a layout, there is a chance that what is on the screen does not match the flow of the page. In the posts HTML Source Order vs CSS Display Order and Source Order Matters…

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Tags: accessibility, JavaScript, standards, WCAG

Under-Engineered Toggles

Toggle buttons feel like a favorite way for devs and designers to show off their animation, design, and pun skills. There is even a Codepen collection dedicated to toggles. Other writings on toggle and switch patterns Toggle Buttons by Heydon Pickering, 31 March 2017 Building Inclusive Toggle Buttons by Heydon…

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Tags: accessibility, css, html, usability, UX, WHCM

Slides: Prototyping Accessibility for Booster 2019

Direct link in case the embed does not work. I also mentioned some resources at the end of my talk: How to Meet WCAG 2 (Quick Reference) Intopia Launches WCAG 2.1 Map Inclusive Design Principles Inclusive Design posters from Barclays Tweets Some people tweeted about my workshop. I also tweeted…

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

F87: CSS Generated Content and WCAG Conformance

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) does a good job of providing supporting techniques to help reviewers determine if a specific case would violate a given Success Criterion (SC). WCAG 2.0, which became a recommendation at the end of 2008, has carried these techniques over to WCAG 2.1, finalized in…

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Tags: accessibility, css, UX, W3C, WAI, WCAG

Avoid Default Field Validation

HTML5 gives us form field validation for free. The problem is that the default messages browsers provide are not always useful and typically do not work with assistive technology. I made an example on CodePen that uses an email field (type=”email”), is required (required), and uses a pattern to restrict…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, html, usability, UX

Uncanny A11y

Original photo by Kevin Hale, text added. CC BY-SA 2.0. The pun in the title is that some people pronounce the a11y numeronym as “alley”. That makes the full title sound like uncanny valley, the concept of human-looking things seeming almost, but not quite, human and therefore creepy. In accessibility,…

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

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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Tags: accessibility

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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Tags: accessibility, standards, usability, UX

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

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