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Learn to Do It Yourself

Often when I identify a valid technical (typically accessibility) issue with a site, tool, or library and get a response of just make a pull request, I am thrown into an apoplectic fit for which I have to apologize to my co-workers (or people at the random coffee shop or…

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Tags: accessibility, rant, standards

Linear Gradient Problems in Chrome

Detail of the effect I wanted to re-create with a linear gradient — a gray column, a white narrow gutter, a black vertical line, and the rest as white. I’m going to tell you up front that I don’t have a fix for the issue I am raising, though there…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, css, design, html, rant, standards

CDC Ebola Response on Twitter Excludes Blind

This is one of the images tweeted by the CDC. The text contrast is 4.53:1, so it barely passes for large text. At this scaled-down size, however, the question text would fail a contrast test for accessibility. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is (or at…

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

One-man Focus Group for Twitter’s Timeline Changes

TL;DR: Twitter is showing tweets in your timeline that people you follow have favorited or just from those they follow. Way below I outline how I have been reacting. Much has been said of Twitter’s recent change to start putting more than just promoted tweets into users’ timelines (such as…

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Tags: rant, social media, Twitter, UX

Patents versus Accessibility — Again

I’ve ranted about frivolous patents more than once here. Others far closer to the issue do it daily, so my voice is but a drop in the ocean (and yet nothing happens). This time it’s a little different, and yet familiar (read my April post Patents versus Accessibility). Thanks to…

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Tags: accessibility, patents, rant

Keep the Focus Outline

This animated GIF is a screen capture of cycling through every interactive element (mostly links) on the page using just the tab key. You’ll note that in all but one case, the only indication of any change is in the lower left in the browser’s status bar where it shows…

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Tags: accessibility, css, design, law, rant, standards, usability, UX, WAI, WCAG

Verizon Using Disabilities to Fight Net Neutrality

On Friday, Mother Jones reported that it has three sources saying that Verizon lobbyists are making a case on Capitol Hill that net neutrality harms those with disabilities. From Mother Jones: Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people…

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Tags: accessibility, law, rant, standards, Verizon

Accessibility Regulation Confusion from U.S. Government

There has been some activity lately from the U.S. federal government related to accessibility requirements for web sites. Unfortunately, that activity is sending a mixed message to many burdened with making a case for accessibility compliance in the private sector. Good News The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) made news…

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Tags: accessibility, law, rant, standards, W3C, WAI, WCAG

So You Think You’ve Built a Good Infinite Scroll

So you’re saying there’s a chance … that I’ll make it to the footer. Last week Derek Featherstone posted Automatic infinite scrolling and accessibility, a quick rundown of why having your page just keep going without user input to do so can be such a hassle for users. Also, don’t…

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Tags: accessibility, JavaScript, rant, usability, UX

On Hiding URLs in the Browser

This image is stolen directly from Allen Pike’s post because I don’t have time yet to make a proper one. It shows the same page URL as seen in the address bars of Firefox 29 and Chrome Canary 36.0.1951. Two days ago news broke that Chrome was going to modify…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, rant, usability, UX

We Need to Raise a Stink about Net Neutrality

Found this on the Twitters in @CypherTheDane’s tweet. Read a full-text version of this graphic at the bottom of this post. In January I wrote about the latest risk to net neutrality here in the U.S (Net Neutrality News). Unsurprisingly, the only change since then is that net neutrality is…

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Tags: law, rant, standards

Patents versus Accessibility

Just one example of the many gesture patents rolling around in the USPTO database, this one for denoting something important by making a heart shape over it. I haven’t ranted about patents for a while, which doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any activity. In fact, there has been activity in…

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Tags: accessibility, patents, rant, standards

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