Archived posts, September 2007

Provide an accessible alternative if you must use a CAPTCHA

Visual verification of distorted characters displayed in an image is a major accessibility barrier to people who are visually impaired, blind, or dyslexic.

Posted on September 4, 2007 in Accessibility

Mobile Web Design (Book review)

Cameron Moll explains how to design and develop websites for the incredible amount of people accessing the Web from their mobile phones.

Posted on September 5, 2007 in Reviews, Mobile Web, Browsers

Can the alt attribute be omitted without hurting accessibility?

In the current editor's draft of the HTML 5 specification, the alt attribute for images is no longer required. I am not convinced that this is a good idea.

Posted on September 7, 2007 in Accessibility, HTML 5

Help improve support for Web Standards in HTML email

HTML email sucks, but it isn't going away. So instead of complaining we should do what we can to help improve support for Web Standards in email clients.

Posted on September 11, 2007 in Web Standards

10 colour contrast checking tools to improve the accessibility of your design

A list of tools that help make your design readable to all users by checking if text has sufficient contrast against its background.

Posted on September 12, 2007 in Accessibility, Usability, Graphic Design

How to create an unobtrusive print this page link with JavaScript

How to create an unobtrusive print this page link that does not confuse users whose browsers do not support JavaScript.

Posted on September 14, 2007 in JavaScript, Usability

Web Standards Creativity (Book review)

Ten well-known Web professionals explain their approach to solving a specific problem each, all with web standards and accessibility in mind.

Posted on September 18, 2007 in Reviews, Web Standards

The dilemma of comments

Allowing comments is a great way to get reader feedback, but because of frequent abuse managing comments takes a lot of time that could be spent on better things.

Posted on September 20, 2007 in Writing, Life

Scrap text resize widgets and teach people how to resize text

Instead of wasting time and resources on building JavaScript widgets that resize the text on your site, teach people how to resize text in their browser.

Posted on September 21, 2007 in Accessibility, Browsers, Usability

DOM Assistant 2.0 released

Robert Nyman has updated his DOM Assistant JavaScript library to version 2.0, adding chainability, Ajax and XPath support, and more.

Posted on September 25, 2007 in JavaScript

Designing Interfaces (Book review)

Jenifer Tidwell explains design patterns that solve common problems encountered when designing user interfaces for websites as well as web and desktop applications.

Posted on September 26, 2007 in Reviews, Usability