Marco gives a run-down of the basics of getting accessibility right on the web. Nothing here is particularly onerous but you’d surprised how often developers get this wrong (or simply aren’t aware of it).
He finishes with a plea to avoid unnecessary complexity:
It really isn’t hard to get the basics of accessibility right on the web …and yet those basics are often neglected.
Here’s a handy shortlist to run through, HIKE:
- H stands for headings and semantic markup.
- I stands for images and labels.
- K stands for keyboard navigation.
- E asks for you to ACT with a little extra love for custom components and more.
(ACT = ARIA, Colour Contrast, Text Size)
I really enjoyed chatting with Jen on this episode of The Web Ahead—aimless rambling fun.
Lea wasn’t happy with the lack of styling and extensibility of the datalist element, so she rolled her own lightweight autocomplete/type-ahead widget, and she’s sharing it with the world.
Here’s the chat I had with Jen and Doug about the prospect of DRM in browsers.
If you insist on having a fixed header on your site, please, please, please add this script to your site. I often use the spacebar to page down so this would be a life-saver.
I had a lot of fun chatting with Jen on this week’s episode of The Web Ahead. Wind me up and let me loose; I ended up rambling on about blogging, the indie web movement, progressive enhancement, and just about everything in between.
Celebrating the work of the tireless men and women who shorten headlines so they’ll fit on your iPhone.
There’s two years(!) of doctored headlines here. Yes, it’s puerile but it’s also very funny (to my puerile sensibilities).
Oh, this is very handy indeed: a quick lint tool for HTTP so you can see what kind of headers are being sent. There’s a bookmarklet in the footer too.
Mike takes on the very tricky task of explaining the new outline algorithm—definitely one of the hardest features of HTML5 to explain, in my opinion.
Tom’s Greasemonkey script turns any seven-syllable headline into a verse of Camptown Races.
Documenting the process of switching to a responsive design. I think there’s always insight to be gained from seeing how your peers are approaching these challenges.
Each weekday I find a headline on a major news site, and illustrate it without reading a word of the story.
A fantastic blog of letterheads. Some of the typographic choices are perfect.
Frances takes issue with the hgroup element in HTML5.
Beautiful writing on headstones.
The slides from Simon's excellent full-length presentation at the head conference. Every web developer needs to be aware of these issues.
At first I thought that Andy Rutledge was trying to make some nuanced satirical point here but it turns out he's just a twunt.
The new Radiohead video isn't really a video at all. It's data visualisation. Here you can interact with the data points while the song is playing. I love this.
Lee is a Twitter sceptic. Shun the unbeliever, shhuuuunnnnn!
Ever wanted to remix a Radiohead song? Me neither. But for those who do, they now can.
Compare and contrast Last.fm's chart with the "official" UK chart. It's as if Radiohead doesn't even exist in meatspace.
Radiohead are distributing their next album themselves. You'll be able to download it for the princely sum of... whatever you feel like paying.
Using photographs of actual headlines from the Evening Standard.
Want to learn CSS kung-fu? Get thee to Maidenhead on October 29th and you can learn from the best: Rachel Andrew and Drew McLellan.
The justification behind YSlow. If you've heard Nate Koechley speak, some of this will be familiar to you. It's all solid advice as far as I can tell.
This video of David Byrne from Stop Making Sense era Talking Heads is as brilliant and wacky as you'd expect. David Bynre is teh awsum.
If you're involved in organising a conference, there are some really valuable lessons to be gleaned from Lee's examination of Reboot.
Mike and the team have redesigned/realigned Newsvine with some nice customisation of the front page.
I need to get some noise-cancelling headphones for the flight to Vancouver. Those Sennheisers are looking good for the price.
All the hyperbole of Evening Standard headlines gathered together in one place. I have to say, Brighton's local rag, the Evening Argus, would have them beat for incomprehensibility and ridiculousness.
An open letter on Craigslist from a motorbike-riding engineer to the crackheads who keep stealing his bike's sparkplugs to use as crackpipes.
The Daily Mail headline generator.
This is deep, deep, deep within the uncanny valley. *shudder*