The Web should be made accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of any disabilities they might have.
WebAIM’s screen reader survey provides some interesting results. Most are expected, but there are some surprises.
Validating WAI-ARIA in HTML or XHTML is currently more difficult than it could be, but it is possible and there is hope that it will be easier in the near future.
What do you do when an HTML document’s main heading is not the first text that should be marked up as a heading - insert a dummy heading or give up on having a perfect document outline?
Always specify which natural language (spoken, written or signed human language) is used for a document’s content. Use the lang and/or xml:lang attributes for this.
WebAIM is conducting a survey for screen reader users, with the intention to find out more about how screen reader users use the Web and what their preferences are.
There is still no official word on what will happen to the Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites, so Jens Wedin has created a petition to save the guidelines. Please sign it.
By telling your browser to apply a user stylesheet you can highlight links that open in a new window or point to non-HTML documents, making them less obtrusive.
Verva, the agency responsible for the Swedish National Guidelines for Public Sector Websites, is being closed down, and it is unclear what will happen to the guidelines.
Today the W3C announced that Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) has finally been declared a W3C Recommendation.
By starting a new category of posts that focus on quick and simple tips related to front-end web development I hope to help people avoid making some mistakes that I see repeatedly.
Two tips that make HTML email messages easier to read in Apple Mail. One makes Mail prefer Plain Text by default, the other sets the minimum font size used to display HTML email.
The problems dyslexics have when using the web are often overlooked, even by people who make an effort to create accessible websites.
There is no guarantee that web browsers always use a white background, so if your design needs a white background, remember to specify it in your CSS.
It is quite common to come across images with missing alternative text or alternative text that does not properly describe the image’s content or function.
It is time to start reading up on WCAG 2.0. It may be a lot to digest, but there are documents available that compare the checkpoints in WCAG 1.0 to WCAG 2.0.
WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, helps developers make their web applications more accessible to people who rely on assistive technology. Start reading up on it.
A few very useful Firefox extensions/add-ons that I only recently discovered: ColorZilla, Firefox Accessibility Extension, Screengrab!, and WAVE Toolbar.
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