Archived posts, April 2009
Don’t use the title attribute for essential information
The title attribute can be used to provide advisory information about an HTML element, but do not use it for essential information since not all users will notice the title text.
Accessibility is more than “possible to access”
Making web sites and web applications accessible is more than making them possible to access - it also means making them usable.
Making accessibility more real
Even if you do not have a disability, there are some things you can do to gain a better understanding of the obstacles some people with disabilities run into on the web.
Do not create empty links
Always make sure that any links you create have actual text content, or they will be unusable to some of your visitors.
Professional front-end engineering explained
An excellent presentation of what it means to work as a front-end developer, and how important our work is to the overall health of the web.
Let your links look like links
Don’t make your users waste their time by hiding links. If you can’t stand the look of blue and underlined links, there are other ways of making them obvious. But do not rely on colour alone.
Using an XML declaration triggers Quirks mode in IE 6
If you use an XHTML doctype with an XML declaration, Internet Explorer 6 will switch to Quirks mode and use an incorrect CSS box model.
Use the fieldset and legend elements to group HTML form controls
Only use the fieldset and legend elements to group logically related form controls, always use both elements together, and keep legend texts short.