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My Cease & Desist from AudioEye

On Tuesday April 5, 2022, a FedEx driver dropped off an overnight envelope from Manhattan. It contained a three page Cease & Desist letter from Cozen O’Connor, the law firm representing AudioEye, Inc. On Thursday April 14, 2022, I received a follow-up letter by the same delivery method. I scanned…

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Tags: accessibility, overlay

Keyboard Challenges for Twitter’s New ALT Badge

On 7 April 2022, Twitter added a feature to let all web users display the alternative text on images in tweets. I am glad to see this feature in the wild for everyone. It has some issues, however, which complicate the experience for sighted keyboard users. The following video demonstrates…

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

Accessible Description Exposure

If you have little experience with ARIA, screen readers, or testing in general, understanding accessible descriptions can be trickier than understanding accessible names (already confusing for many). I have written explanations so many times for clients and in fora that I opted to put this together so I maybe never…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, browser, standards

Foolishly Responsive

Honoring April Fools’ Day I have created a foolishly responsive accordion control. Typically a responsive effort shoehorns a large pattern into a narrow viewport, often based on iDevice screen sizes. Less typically a responsive layout will also consider viewport height, and far less typically a responsive layout might even consider…

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Tags: accessibility, design, usability, UX

Maybe Don’t Use Flow Charts on GitHub

In February the GitHub blog announced users would be able to Include diagrams in your Markdown files with Mermaid. I thought this was nifty, and even noticed on an initial scan that they considered screen reader users. Until I read this (since deleted): …clients requesting content with embedded Mermaid in…

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Tags: accessibility, html, SVG

ADA Web Site Compliance Still Not a Thing

Photo courtesy Steve Faulkner, taken outside the CSUNATC 2022 venue after we had chicken and rice, free from the food desert of the venue. Who has two thumbs and is not a lawyer? For years I have worked with clients who refer to digital/web accessibility as ADA work. They have…

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Tags: accessibility, law, overlay, standards

#FACILiti Will Get You Sued

Disclaimer: This post and the headline is my opinion. I provide verifiable facts throughout to inform that opinion. I am also not a lawyer and this post does not constitute legal advice. FACIL’iti is one of many vendors that claims its accessibility overlay product can make your site “accessible”. Like…

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Tags: accessibility, overlay, rant, standards, UX

Overlays Underwhelm: a11y NYC

Following is the live stream of the talk from YouTube. Owing to Fat Tuesday, I stepped away from a feast of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice, and etouffee to give this talk (and went back for king cake immediately after). Which explains the beads. Which, it turns out, were…

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Tags: accessibility, overlay, slides, speaking

Support for Marking Radio Buttons Required, Invalid

The required set of radio buttons. The white whale to many a developer who is trying their darnedest to ensure they are conveyed accessibly while not also making it sound like every individual radio button must be toggled. 1961 Cadillac Wonderbar dashboard radio by Nicholas Lucien (cropped). CC BY 2.0.…

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

Column Headers and Browser Support

Data tables need column headers. Monolitten, a granite column of humans (each with a head) at Vigelandsanlegget, a sculpture park in Frognerparken in Oslo, Norway. What they probably do not need is a new set of column headers every few rows, particularly not when they change the meaning of the…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, html, tables

Accessible Cart Tables?

The online holiday shopping coupled with my need to make a new invoice template got me looking at a common table structure that is harder to expose to screen readers than it seems at first glance. One I first coded in, checks watch, 1997 when I was an ecommerce developer…

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Tags: accessibility, html, pattern, tables

More Google and Afterthought Accessibility

Google has an extensive history of releasing products and tools that fail basic accessibility. This is not a function of individuals — Google has some very talented and capable accessibility practitioners. Instead, this is an organizational failure. Failure to require accessibility in its products or services. Failure to support teams…

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Tags: accessibility, ARIA, css, Google, html, standards, UX, WCAG