Accessibility and inclusive design should be the first considerations when designing a digital product, service or website. A full list of categories is also available.
Design is a hugely responsible role, and one responsibility is ensuring everyone can use our websites, products, services, and applications.
Language is a powerful thing; if the metaphor we use to describe actions to our users is ‘click’ we tend to forget about all those who don’t.
I like to use invalid HTML and ARIA as a design constraint; a line I can’t step across. Sounds obvious, but in practice it’s not always that simple!
Links without an
The last major version of this website was a complete behind-the-scenes rebuild. This version, on the other hand, is almost entirely visual.
Satisfying the enhanced contrast AAA WCAG rule can be limiting; luckily
prefers-contrast: moreallows us more freedom with our default themes.
A bug with link text colours in Safari’s HTML-only Dark Mode theme means we need a bit of extra code. Here’s how to patch things until it’s fixed.
When our CSS contains Dark Mode rules and the file fails to load, we’re left with plain old HTML. Luckily we can request Dark Mode in our markup!
Tables can be tricky to make work responsively; they can also be tricky to make accessible. Here’s a step by step guide to making your tables both!
Struck-through text isn’t read by screen readers. This is true of all text-level semantics, but it’s worth drawing attention to strikethough.
Article posted 2nd April 2021 in Accessibility
Emphasis and other text-level semantics are normally ignored by screen readers, so it you’re relying on them for meaning you could be in trouble.
I’m a fan of good typography, and something I come across a fair bit is whether sentence case or title case is better for headings.
Article posted 10th March 2021 in Accessibility
I love those old-school ASCII art characters, but I’ve stopped using them as they’re not accessible.
So what on earth is a
<section>element actually for? The answer isn’t as obvious as you might have hoped, but it’s definitely straightforward.
The other day, I realised the scroll markers were invisible on my website in Light Mode. The fix was pretty easy once I knew what was going on.
If you’re new to VoiceOver, once you’ve got the hang of the basics, the next thing to learn is the ‘rotor’; a supercharged navigation tool.
Understanding how screen readers work is important for anyone who works on digital products. Here’s how to get started with VoiceOver on macOS.
Article posted 8th January 2021 in Accessibility
Animated GIFs are everywhere, but are they accessible to everyone? I’m afraid to say, they’re not, and we probably shouldn’t be using them.
Article posted 30th December 2020 in Accessibility
COVID-19 changed the way we work. Now that we all work from home, remote team members report feeling more included, and I’ve noticed another benefit.
I have a list of all the commands for Voice Control for macOS, and it comes in handy pretty much every time I do any speech recognition testing.
Respecting your users’ preferences with
prefers-reduced-motionis great, but what about users with older operating systems and browsers?
A summary of the things missing in CSS got me thinking about how lack of some form styling may have seriously damaged accessibility on the web.
If we remove the list markers from an ordered or unordered list, we’re likely to run into some issues with VoiceOver.
Article posted 6th October 2020 in Accessibility
A great way to start accessibility testing is to navigate with the keyboard. Safari is limited by default, so here’s how get it working properly.
Article posted 5th October 2020 in Accessibility
I’ve just set up a new Mac, and keyboard navigation is pretty limited by default. Here’s how to make it much more useful.
A link should look like the text around it, but with a couple of differences: maybe a bit of colour and (almost) always an underline.
Last year, I wrote about implicit ARIA roles; an issue I encountered was that VoiceOver didn’t give an implicit role to footers. Well, it’s fixed!
My most anticipated iOS 14 feature wasn’t mentioned at WWDC 2020, but will sort my biggest issue with iPhones X and above: Control Centre access.
There’s a bug in Safari that adds an implicit role to
<address>which causes problems for screen readers. The good news is, a fix is very close!
Semantic HTML is great. But sometimes following the rules is tricky. Grab a cuppa and let me tell you a story about links that look like buttons.
What is a document outline? Sounds complicated, but it’s really not – it’s just headings! Find out more about them and why they’re a good idea.
Article posted 20th February 2020 in Accessibility
A couple of recent CSS-Tricks articles got me thinking about how website owners prioritise their legal (and moral!) obligations to their users.
Article posted 6th November 2019 in Accessibility
Colour contrast on my site now meets WCAG AAA, in light or dark mode. There have been compromises but, if it’s more useable, I’m happy to make them.
I’ve cared about accessibility for as long as I’ve been working in the web and, even after all these years, I still enjoy learning new things.
Semantic HTML is hard. We stopped using
<b>elements in favour of
<strong>, but are
ARIA landmarks give a screen reader user an easy way to orient themselves on a web page. Implicit roles are also great. Except when they’re not.
Accessibility is important, so I’ve taken steps to minimise animation on my site, and even removed it completely for those who ‘prefer reduce motion’.
Performance matters. If your website loads slowly it could be costing you business, so make sure it works for even the slowest of internet connections
You might have noticed that if you search for something on Google on your phone there’s a new ‘Mobile friendly’ label.
Every site I build is now mobile friendly and allows the editing of all content by default. This is for a few very good reasons.
Resource posted 19th November 2012 in Accessibility
Responsive web design is when the content of your website is laid out differently, depending on the size of the screen your visitor is using. Catering
Resource posted 3rd November 2012 in Accessibility
Just like in ‘real’ life, your visitors come in all shapes and sizes. Inclusivity is—rightly—front and centre for businesses these days.
Useful ‘alt’ text on images will not only keep your visitors happy but has happy knock-on effect on your search engine ranking.
Resource posted 26th August 2011 in Accessibility
Some visitors to your site will use out of date browsers. Is it worth catering for these visitors? Here’s how to make an informed decision.
Resource posted 28th July 2011 in Accessibility
One of the biggest changes in recent years has been the use of smartphones. How should your website cater for these devices?
Resource posted 27th July 2011 in Accessibility
So what’s all this fuss about Internet Browsers? Maybe you, like a lot of people, you didn’t realise there was a choice…