This is a terrific explanation of the concept of accessible names in HTML, written with verve and style!
Contrary to what you may think, naming an element involves neither a birth certificate nor the HTML
nameattribute is never directly exposed to the user, and is used only when submitting forms. Birth certificates have thus far been ignored by spec authors as a potential method for naming controls, but perhaps when web UI becomes sentient and self-propagating, we’ll need to revisit that.
An interesting project that will research and document the language used across different design systems to name similar components.
fopenwhen you can write
throwVE. Call that name
fct. That’s German naming convention. Do this and your readers will appreciate it.
At Codebar the other night, I was doing an intro chat with some beginners. At one point I touched on DNS. This explanation is great for detailing what’s going on under the hood.
This post goes into specifics on Django, but the broader points apply no matter what your tech stack. I’m relieved to find out that The Session is using the tripartite identity pattern (although Huffduffer, alas, isn’t):
What we really want in terms of identifying users is some combination of:
- System-level identifier, suitable for use as a target of foreign keys in our database
- Login identifier, suitable for use in performing a credential check
- Public identity, suitable for displaying to other users
Many systems ask the username to fulfill all three of these roles, which is probably wrong.
Sometimes our job titles and distinctions feel like the plastic grass in a sushi bento; flimsy and only there for decoration.
I understand how bloated and non-reusable code can get when a dozen people who don’t talk to each other work on it over a period of years. I don’t believe the problem is the principle of semantic markup or the cascade in CSS. I believe the problem is a dozen people working on something without talking to each other.
I think I concur with this list. Although I guess it’s worth remembering that, given the size of the CSS spec, this isn’t an overly-long list.
It’s interesting that quite a few of them are about how things are named. It’s almost as if that’s one of the, say, two hardest things in computer science.
I bet you’re going to just keep clicking and clicking and clicking…
The hitherto unnoticed connection between the names of Android phones and the names of condoms.
A terrific overview by Richard of the variations in names around the world:
How do people’s names differ around the world, and what are the implications of those differences on the design of forms, ontologies, etc. for the Web?
Brian documents his beautiful Geonames SVG maps.
The results are astounding accurate.
This is so so childish but here you go: rude place names on Google Maps.
With a name like Dave Seah, misunderstandings are bound to occur.