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Selfish Accessibility — YGLF Vilnius

I (and the audience) survived my talk today. As our mutual reward, I offer my slides. All the links turned white onupload, so they are nearly impossible to read. I am sharing it now because you can at least hover over them or follow them, otherwise you might have to…

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

Slides: Role of Design in Accessibility — VilniusJS Meet-up

While in town for You Gotta Love Frontend, I was invited to present this talk at the VilniusJS meet-up. There were only a couple designers in the audience, so I did a little on-the-fly reframing — namely to explain the value of a designer on a team. I only went…

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Tags: accessibility, design, slides, UX, WCAG

Periodic Table of the Elements

I built this for me. An audience of one. A way to keep sharp the skills that I am not always able to use on a project. My requirements were simple: responsive (print, small screens), accessible (beyond screen readers), and kinda fun. Since it relies on a JSON data source…

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Tags: accessibility, css, html, JavaScript, pattern, print, WHCM

Uniquely Labeling Fields in a Table

Many of my clients over the years have relied on fields in tables. Sometimes a checkbox to select a row, sometimes text inputs to update information, sometimes buttons select something. Rarely are they interested in a block of label text above the field, and I cannot disagree with them. The…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, html, pattern, tables, WCAG

Details / Summary Are Not [insert control here]

Once major browsers started supporting <details> & <summary> developers immediately started to play with them to see what sorts of patterns they could enhance or replace. This is a good thing. Experimentation pushes boundaries, improves understanding. However, we need to be careful of christening this new-to-us interaction as the solution…

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

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

Updated Intro Whether you use a <button> or <input type=”checkbox”> for your toggle depends on a few factors: Use <button> if: you can count on JavaScript being available, flipping the toggle has an immediate effect, the toggle will never have an indeterminate state. Go read Under-Engineered Toggles Too. Use <input…

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Tags: accessibility, css, html, pattern, 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

Web Turns 30, Seems Popular

The world wide web has officially lasted 30 consecutive years, which means it’s catching up to its parent, the Internet, which itself is bearing down on 50. That’s an important distinction. The Internet is not the web; it is the foundation on which the web was born. In honor of…

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Tags: browser, html, internet, W3C

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, pattern, usability, UX

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