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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

Speaking at Guelph Accessibility Conference 2016

This May I will be speaking at the Guelph Accessibility Conference. It will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 30 and 31, 2016 on the University of Guelph campus. The theme of this year’s event is In Letter and Spirit: Realizing the Vision of the AODA. There is also a…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, design, speaking, usability, UX, WAI, WCAG

Not Really an April Fools’ Prank

I added something to my site for April Fools’ Day, and it didn’t go quite so well (as opposed to my 2012 effort, which just went nowhere). In reality, it’s something I’ve wanted to add to my site for a while, but my gaming night was canceled last night (they…

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Tags: accessibility, JavaScript, UX

Twitter Has Alt Text! (with some caveats)

In an exciting move, Twitter has taken a half step toward making images accessible. I say half step because as of now this feature is only available for users of the iOS and Android apps (though not all just yet, as I note below) and it does not apply to…

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

Be Wary of Accessibility Guarantees from Vendors

In my ~20 years of responding to RFPs/RFQs, once organizations started to realize the value of accessibility (or fear of lawsuits), I saw more and more requests include a note on accessibility. In most cases this was just a single line item among many, often with nothing more than a…

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Tags: accessibility, usability, UX

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

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

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, tables, usability, UX

Mobile Assistive Technology Gesture References

During a recent consultation on a mobile project, I broached the topic of gestures that are used by assistive technology on various devices. I gathered links to resources for my client and figured I’d share them here as well. Apple has gathered together the gestures used by VoiceOver on iOS…

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Tags: accessibility, mobile, standards, touch, usability, UX

Speaking at Create Upstate

This May I’ll be running an afternoon workshop for Create Upstate. Create Upstate rallies makers from Buffalo to Albany and everywhere in between in a celebration of design and community, and I’ll get a chance to promote accessibility to some of those makers. I’ll be taking my Selfish Accessibility talk…

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

Speaking at Booster Conference in Norway

I’m pretty excited to be returning to Booster Conference in Bergen, Norway this spring. Last year I presented a lightning talk on print styles. This year I opted to aim a little higher and submitted a workshop on accessibility. The abstract from my talk: If you’re familiar with accessibility, you…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, html, speaking, standards, 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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