Accessibility

The Web should be made accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of any disabilities they might have.

Unobtrusive and keyboard accessible connected select boxes

One nice approach to creating connected select boxes that are keyboard accessible and do not require JavaScript.

Posted on April 18, 2007

Adding vs. not removing accessibility

Only sites that are badly constructed to begin with or have had too many accessibility-removing additions grafted on need to be made accessible.

Posted on April 11, 2007

WCAG 2.0 released today

Completely out of the blue, the Final Recommendation of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 was released today.

Posted on April 1, 2007

Truwex Online: An accessibility and quality validator

Another online tool to help you keep the quality of your sites up. This one checks all HTML on a page, including any that is generated by JavaScript.

Posted on March 28, 2007

IE 7 does not resize text sized in pixels

The Page Zoom feature has led to people thinking that IE 7 lets the user resize text sized in pixels or absolute units. It does not.

Posted on March 20, 2007

International RSI Awareness Day 2007

In honour of the RSI Awareness Day, here is a nice tip for reducing the risk of getting wrist, arm, and neck pain from using a mouse.

Posted on February 28, 2007

How did you get into Web accessibility?

I have several reasons for being interested in making the Web more accessible. What about you?

Posted on February 27, 2007

The Dutch accessibility law is awesome

The new Dutch accessibility law goes way beyond the WCAG and embraces the spirit of modern, Web standards-based Web development.

Posted on February 13, 2007

Learn JavaScript before tasting the library kool-aid

Learn how to code JavaScript instead of how to use library/framework X to create cool animations and other visual effects. Then evaluate whether you should use a library.

Posted on January 29, 2007

Adobe Spry and obtrusive, inaccessible JavaScript

Adobe’s JavaScript framework/library Spry requires invalid HTML, is inaccessible and does not degrade gracefully.

Posted on January 23, 2007

Seven accessibility mistakes you don’t want to make

Seven accessibility mistakes that even well-intentioned developers make, and some advice on how to avoid them.

Posted on January 16, 2007

Wired on the 2006 top ten mistakes in Web design

Bruce Sterling notes that teensy teensy horrid little text is hard to read. Visit his blog and tell me if you find it ironic.

Posted on January 10, 2007

Apple iPhone is cool, but where is my keypad?

Apple’s new iPhone looks like a fantastic PDA/mobile Web browser, but what about its lack of keys with tactile feedback?

Posted on January 9, 2007

Styling form controls with CSS, revisited

Screenshots from 8 browsers on 4 operating systems showing the effects of CSS applied to form controls.

Posted on January 9, 2007

A look at car manufacturer websites

The Swedish language sites of Volvo, Saab, BMW, and Honda reviewed and rated for visual design, content, technical quality, and accessibility.

Posted on January 4, 2007

Six things that suck about the Web in 2006

A rant about some of the trends that I find really annoying about the Web in 2006.

Posted on December 20, 2006

97% of websites still inaccessible

97 percent of websites examined in a global survey on behalf of the United Nations do not meet even the most basic accessibility requirements.

Posted on December 15, 2006

Forget WYSIWYG editors - use WYSIWYM instead

Nearly all browser based WYSIWYG editors produce horrible markup, but there is an alternative - What You See Is What You Mean.

Posted on December 12, 2006

You cannot rely on JavaScript being available. Period.

Three popular online services use JavaScript in ways that make them fail, without warning or explanation, when JavaScript is disabled or blocked by firewalls.

Posted on December 4, 2006

Click here and other meaningless link phrases

Many sites use link phrases that are anonymous and meaningless. Help improve the Web by making yourself and your clients think before you link.

Posted on November 28, 2006

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