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There Is No Document Outline Algorithm

I figured I would state the entire argument in the title. After all, as of this writing and the last seven-plus years, the statement is accurate as far as the browsers are concerned. I am penning this as sort of a follow-up to my post from 2013, The Truth about…

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

Stop Throwing Away Your Content

It is not uncommon for individuals and even entire organizations to rely on some third party platform to host all their thought-leadering. Medium is the common choice, but many use other platforms as well, such as LinkedIn. While many argue that the reach is better and it is easier than…

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Tags: internet, rant, usability

We Reward the Wrong Things

As an industry, in general we praise sites that look good, maybe with nifty animations, cool hover effects, and the mythical 60fps golden standard. That is all nonsense. Ego-stroking pointless fluff. Usually lipstick on the proverbial pig. Today I saw a well-known name in the industry, a brand name if…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, usability, UX

We Know You Have Alt Text, Twitter

Users have repeatedly asked for a method to provide alternative text for images on Twitter. Since so many of Twitter’s features today are just codified versions of what the community invented on its own, many of us hoped Twitter would just build some proper support. Instead, Twitter pushes for more…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, social media, Twitter, usability, UX

10k Tweets Won’t Make Images Accessible

The Twitterverse exploded yesterday with rumors that Twitter is exploring expanding the limit on characters in tweets from 140 to 10,000 characters. In a great example of the hyperbole, The Guardian even reported that Twitter shares plummeted a whole 2% as a result. Seemingly in support of this move, Jack…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, social media, UX

Addendum to “The State of Airline Websites” at Smashing Magazine

Last week Smashing Magazine published a lengthy and detailed post titled The State Of Airline Websites 2015: Lessons Learned. While it was an impressive dive into the user experience of each site covered, it left out any aspect of accessibility. Surprising perhaps no one, I got as far as reading…

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Tags: accessibility, law, rant, usability, UX

Web Design Myths

Net Magazine asked followers on Twitter to submit any web design myths they wanted busted: Got a web design myth you want busted? Let us know and we'll print the best tweets in the mag!— net magazine (@netmag) September 16, 2015 I took this to mean web development, not just…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, Chrome, css, design, html, mobile, print, rant, SEO, standards, usability, UX

Section508.gov as Analogue to Section 508 Refresh

Screen shot of Section508.gov with Chrome developer tools highlighting outline styles. I was thrilled to see the incredibly and wildly inaccessible Section508.gov web site get re-launched recently (here’s an example of the old site from March). The site is dedicated to accessibility information and resources for the federal government and…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, standards

For Infinite Scroll, Bounce Rate Is a Vanity Stat

Animation showing me scrolling an article at the Fortune site. The yellow arrow indicates when the URL changes. At that point leaving the site will not count as a bounce. About a year ago I wrote a post with a checklist of items I feel you would need to satisfy…

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Tags: accessibility, JavaScript, rant, usability, UX

Twitter App Sets Browsers Back 10 Versions

Screen shot of a web page as seen in the Twitter app, with a menu showing the option to open in the user’s default web browser. The title of this post may be a bit of hyperbole for some, but it is completely true for me. Sometime over the course…

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Tags: apps, browser, Chrome, rant, Twitter, usability, UX

Best Viewed in 1 of 11 Flavors of Chrome!

Make sure you view this on Google’s flavor of Chrome, otherwise, well, I have no idea what will happen. Sometimes it’s frustrating being a developer who’s been around to see Mosaic supplanted by Netscape Navigator supplanted by Internet Explorer supplanted by Chrome/WebKit. Developers just love dumping one platform for the…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, Internet Explorer, rant, Safari, standards, WebKit

All of This Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again

Jacob Rossi from Microsoft put together an article for Smashing Magazine that discusses Microsoft’s Project Spartan web browser, Inside Microsoft’s New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”. Unlike other click-bait efforts that only speculated that perhaps Spartan was going to be WebKit-based, showing their own preference instead of any real…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, rant, Safari, standards

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