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

Failed redesigns: Use web standards or don’t bother redesigning

Websites that, despite being created or substantially updated during the era of web standards, ignore or misuse those standards are failed redesigns.

Posted on January 8, 2006

Luminosity contrast ratio

WCAG 2.0 suggests calculating the luminosity contrast ratio between foreground and background colours to ensure readability.

Posted on January 6, 2006

@media 2006

Make sure you don’t miss the major European web development conference of the year - @media 2006 in London this June.

Posted on January 4, 2006

Accesskey problems remain in XHTML 2

The access element in XHTML 2 will apparently suffer from the same problems as the accesskey attribute in current versions of HTML and XHTML.

Posted on January 1, 2006

Use CSS background images responsibly

CSS background images should only be used for presentational images, not for informational or functional images.

Posted on December 27, 2005

Label your form controls properly

Remember to use the label element to associate form controls with their respective label texts.

Posted on December 21, 2005

Choosing a CAPTCHA for a commercial product

A detailed list of the pros and cons of several different methods for creating a CAPTCHA.

Posted on December 18, 2005

How to write a useful accessibility statement

If you don’t have an accessibility statement on your site, this article explains how to write one. If you already have one, here’s how to make it better.

Posted on December 16, 2005

Accessible DHTML: two different approaches

Examples of different approaches to making dynamic web content more accessible: WAI’s dynamic web content accessibility and Web Forms 2.

Posted on December 7, 2005

CAPTCHA is bad for accessibility

Using a bitmap image containing distorted text to verify that the user is human prevents several groups of disabled people from using web based services.

Posted on December 3, 2005

Accessibility and usability for interactive television

Accessibility and usability for ITV have a lot in common with accessibility and usability for the web. There are also many differences, some of which are highlighted in this article.

Posted on December 1, 2005

Design sites and web standards

Design sites aren’t very good at using web standards. And purely visual designers often misunderstand accessibility.

Posted on November 13, 2005

The impact of colour blindness on web design

A colour blind person’s views of how colour blindness affects web browsing. It rarely does.

Posted on November 9, 2005

High accessibility means effective search engine optimisation

Make your site accessible to all human visitors and your search engine rankings will improve.

Posted on November 8, 2005

RNIB Media Briefing on Accessible PDFs

Mike Davies’ notes and recollections from a media briefing on the topic of PDF accessibility.

Posted on October 28, 2005

Building better HTML forms

Many useful tips for increasing the usability of web based forms. I do have a few reservations about some of the tips.

Posted on October 26, 2005

Colour blindness simulator for Mac OS X

A very handy little application that provides a real-time simulation of various types of colour blindness.

Posted on October 25, 2005

Popup-free form help

How to provide help for fields in web forms without using popup windows.

Posted on October 15, 2005

Form accessibility and usability

Examples of techniques that improve usability and accessibility of web forms.

Posted on October 10, 2005

Dreamweaver and web standards

A book about web standards, semantics, and accessibility for Dreamweaver users.

Posted on October 4, 2005

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