Archive for the ‘accessibility’ Category

Interview with Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML 5 specification. – The Web Standards Project

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Interview with Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML 5 specification. – The Web Standards Project. A lengthy interview on HTML5 and accessibility – well worth reading.

Hiding with CSS: Problems and solutions | 456 Berea Street

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

An interesting short article on the pitfalls of using CSS to hide page elements: Hiding with CSS: Problems and solutions | 456 Berea Street.

Personally, for elements where accessibility matters, like navigation menus, etc. I prefer hiding those elements with a short javascript statement I put right after the element I want to hide. This way the user does not notice the element getting closed and best of all, it remains accessible to all.

NVDA – a free, open source screen reader | 456 Berea Street

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Hear ye, hear ye! i invite you to take a look at NVDA – a free, open source screen reader. There is a short review of the software over at 456 Berea Street if you’re interested.

ALA 268 – Standards Blues

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

This issue is all about the standards we love (or hate). Molly E. Holzschlag tells us how the standards movement is splitting and going separate ways and opens a can-o-worms for us to discuss upon. The second article written by Scott Jehl is all about testing the target browser capabilities before delivering specific enhancements to the web. An interesting read, although who will bother implementing it is a completely different story.

RNIB Surf Right Toolbar

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

The People at RNIB have released the Surf Right Toolbar, which is — you guessed it — a toolbar for IE, which is designed to bring to the surface the often hidden accessibilty settings, such as turning javascript and images on/off, changing text size and so on.

“The Surf Right Toolbar is really for anyone who wants to adjust the way they view content on the web to make it easier to read. This could include people with mild disabilities, the elderly, people with reading problems, cognitive problems, using dial-up, photosensitivity and so on.”

The Surf Right Toolbar

You can grab the beta, right here.

The Highly Extensible CSS interface

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

There are tutorials and there are Tutorials coming from great web authors like Cameron Moll. The Highly Extensible CSS interface is a great collection of resources divided into four distinct parts, which guide you into creating a neat and sophisticated web page. Each part provides you with a working online demo, downloadable files, and links to articles and books related to each step of the tutorial.

  • Part one builds a resolution-dependent page layout and demonstrates the use or a reset style sheet.
  • Part two demos the use of CSS selectors and dives into the realm of scripting and adds some neat effects using the jquery library.
  • Part three covers the integration of ajax technology and starts up with a shout-out on resolution dependence.
  • The fourth and last part in this series is about testing for extensibility with 8 benchmarks to thoroughly bulletproof your site.

Overall this is a carefully written Tutorial worth spending time on. Thumbs up!

The WCAG Samurai Errata v.1.0 Are Now Available

Friday, February 29th, 2008

After nearly two years of development, the WCAG Samurai Errata – corrections to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 – were finally released to the web development community three days ago.

The reason for the update is because version 1.0 was originally published back in 1999 and in that time both web browsers and assisting technologies have evolved considerably.

Note that the WCAG Samurai Errata is not a standalone document, you should really use it as an update along the original WCAG 1.0 guidelines.

Also note that there is a Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 working draft available, lastly updated in December 2007, which you should consider to use over the 1.0 counterpart.

Designing Your Website’s Search Interface

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

So you have designed a beautiful and usable menu, provided breadcrumbs to backtrack your steps, designed a “you are here” marker, but your site is growing fast, providing hundreds – if not thousands – of pages of information. In that case, you might want to give your users something more – you might want consider implementing site-wide search. While many sites nowadays implement some form of search, it is surprising that only a few do it right. In this article, I’ll try to show you some common problems, and how to avoid them when implementing a search facility on your web site.