Archived posts, March 2009

Check your design with text size increased to 200 percent

To make sure that people who need larger text can use your size, increase text size to 200 percent and check that the content is still readable and functional.

Posted on March 2, 2009 in Accessibility

Safari 4 public beta with WAI-ARIA support. Or not?

Apple recently released a public beta of Safari 4. Among the news is support for WAI-ARIA, but I can't figure out how to make it work.

Posted on March 5, 2009 in Browsers, Apple, Accessibility

Screen reader testing

While it is important for all web developers to have access to a screen reader for testing, setting one up may prove a little tricky. Fortunately there are instructions that will help.

Posted on March 10, 2009 in Accessibility

FileVault can cause default applications to reset in Mac OS X 10.5

If you're having problems with default applications resetting when you reboot, FileVault may be the culprit.

Posted on March 12, 2009 in Mac

Use the p element to create paragraphs

Using p elements instead of multiple br elements to create paragraphs in HTML makes your documents more accessible and easier to style.

Posted on March 16, 2009 in Quick Tips, Accessibility, (X)HTML

The evolution and future of HTML

Sam Ruby, co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group, has put together a number of select quotes to illustrate the evolution of HTML, from the beginning to where it is now.

Posted on March 17, 2009 in HTML 5, Web Standards, (X)HTML

Pointing a Subversion working copy to a moved repository

If a Subversion repository has moved to a new location, use the svn switch command with the --relocate switch to make the working copy point to the repository's new URL.

Posted on March 18, 2009 in Coding, Productivity

WCAG 2.0 Checklist by WebAIM

WebAIM's WCAG 2.0 Checklist condenses the guidelines into an easy-to-use and understandable checklist that will help you get started with WCAG 2.0.

Posted on March 25, 2009 in Accessibility

NVDA – a free, open source screen reader

Testing your web sites and web applications with a screen reader is good. Screen readers can be expensive, but NVDA is a completely free alternative that has WAI-ARIA support.

Posted on March 26, 2009 in Accessibility

Don’t duplicate link text in the title attribute

Repeating a link's text in its title attribute serves no purpose for the end user. All it does is add noise and increase page size.

Posted on March 31, 2009 in Quick Tips, Usability