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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

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

Tweaked ‘Better Method’ YouTube Embed

Last week Amit Agarwal posted a great tutorial on making YouTube embeds less of a burden for users, A Better Method for Embedding YouTube Videos on your Website. The abstract: Learn how to embed YouTube videos responsively and without increasing the page load time. The embeds are light and mobile…

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

My Slides from Abstractions

Slides from my talk at Abstractions, Fringe Accessibility. Note: Below are the animated images 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 save on your data plan, hit…

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Tags: accessibility, css, html, slides, speaking, standards, usability, UX, W3C, WAI, WCAG

On Link Underlines

TL;DR: In general, I recommend underlining links in body content. In the absence of a better style appropriate for a specific site, this is the way to go. Overview It is amazing to me how this suggestion causes so much angst and fighting. Designers often argue that they look ugly,…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, standards, usability, UX, WCAG

Punch-Out Avatar

I built this on a whim after seeing some terrible examples on Stack Overflow, so unlike other demos I build there was no immediate application. That means it may or may not be useful as-is. Variation For this post I have forked each variation of the original and added a…

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Tags: accessibility, css, html, standards

Slides for Guelph Accessibility Conference

After a two-plus hour drive to Guelph on Memorial Day (in the U.S., not Canada), I attended a full day of talks and hallway conversations at the Guelph Accessibility Conference. I also had the pleasure of presenting in the last slot of the day in the main auditorium. Feedback was…

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

Chromatic Web Fonts, Redux

In 2012 I wrote about how to use chromatic type with pseudo-elements. My objective back then was to minimize the hassle of a content author using a WYSIWYG while also not overwhelming a screen reader user with triplicate content. Pseudo-elements achieved that, though support for pseduo-elements in screen readers is…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, design, fonts, html

My Slides for Create Upstate 2016

The slides are embedded here for all to enjoy (or you can view the slides at SlideShare), whether or not you attended my workshop. Note that you can probably ignore the slides about exercises as I am not going to come around and review them with you.

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, html, slides, speaking, usability, UX, WAI, WCAG

Fringe Accessibility Slides from Booster 2016

I had the pleasure of giving a workshop at Booster Conference 2016 on accessibility. As it was the last slot of the last day, it ended up being more of an interactive talk than a hands-on session, but the audience seemed to appreciate that. Or view it directly on SlideShare:…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, html, slides, speaking, standards, usability, UX

Keyboard and Overflow

Imagine that as a user you regularly use the keyboard for non-data-entry tasks. Think about how frustrating it is to have to grab the mouse to hover over something on the screen just to see it. Now imagine that you are a keyboard-only user. That problem can be addressed somewhat…

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

Links, Buttons, Submits, and Divs, Oh Hell

Screen shot of the Zurb Foundation advice for accessible buttons, where it shows anchors and a div each with role=”button”. In short, a perfect example of everything you could do wrong. NOTE: This was version 5.5.3. Most of this is fixed in the current version as of this writing (6.1.2).…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, html, Internet Explorer, standards, usability, UX

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