Accessibility

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

Google to webmasters: Write clean HTML and consider accessibility

Google encourages webmasters to make sure their websites work in all browsers by writing valid HTML and considering accessibility.

Posted on October 7, 2008

Multiple form labels and screen readers

If screen readers reliably supported multiple labels for the same form control, it would be easier to make error messages and instructions fully accessible.

Posted on September 30, 2008

Turn Firefox into a screen reader with Fire Vox

Fire Vox is a free, open source, cross platform screen reader extension for Firefox. If you create websites you need it.

Posted on September 23, 2008

Specify a maximum width for em-based layouts

When creating layouts with an em-based width, specify a maximum width to avoid horizontal scrolling for users who increase text size.

Posted on March 3, 2008

The WCAG Samurai Errata are now available

The WCAG Samurai have released version 1 of their list of corrections for and updates to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

Posted on February 28, 2008

Design Accessible Web Sites (Book review)

Jeremy Sydik explains how to design accessible websites without focusing too much on guidelines and ticking checkboxes, choosing a more pragmatic approach instead.

Posted on February 19, 2008

Helping others understand web accessibility

Accessibility is sometimes harder to get into than it should be. The documentation is hard to read and we can all do a little bit more to help each other.

Posted on February 5, 2008

Overdoing accessibility

Some accessibility features are commonly misused or overused by well-meaning developers, in some cases leading to decreased accessibility.

Posted on December 17, 2007

Accessibility is part of your job

James Edwards notes that as Web professionals we owe it to ourselves and our clients to do our jobs properly, which means taking accessibility seriously.

Posted on December 14, 2007

The rules of unobtrusive JavaScript

Chris Heilmann has defined seven rules for writing unobtrusive JavaScript.

Posted on November 27, 2007

Manual for Apple VoiceOver in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

A Getting Started guide for VoiceOver is available for download in a number of formats, including audio, PDF, and Braille.

Posted on November 23, 2007

Use the label element to make your HTML forms accessible

By using the label element to associate form controls with their label text, you improve the accessibility of HTML forms and make styling and scripting them easier.

Posted on November 19, 2007

Keep browser lock-out a thing of the past

Browser sniffing and deliberately preventing people using a so-called unsupported browser from entering a site is a thing from the past that we do not need these days.

Posted on November 15, 2007

Screen readers sometimes ignore display:none

Using display:none does not always hide content from screen readers like JAWS and Window-Eyes, but there is a workaround.

Posted on November 7, 2007

Common usability problems

A number of too common usability problems encountered on the Web.

Posted on November 5, 2007

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard improves accessibility

It’s encouraging to note that many of the new features in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard are not just visual bells and whistles, but are there to improve accessibility.

Posted on October 29, 2007

Adobe Spry 1.6 improves standards support, adds progressive enhancement

Adobe’s JavaScript framework Spry has been updated and is now more standards compliant and less obtrusive.

Posted on October 22, 2007

Autopopulating text input fields with JavaScript

When you cannot display a label for a text input field, use placeholder text in an unobtrusive way. This article explains how.

Posted on October 17, 2007

Videos of people using assistive technology

A set of fantastic videos that show how people with various disabilities use computers with the help of assistive technology.

Posted on October 15, 2007

Helping your client maintain markup quality

By using CSS rules that make deprecated and potentially inaccessible markup clearly visible to the editor, you can help your clients maintain markup quality.

Posted on October 12, 2007

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