Some really interesting ideas here from Hidde on how browsers could provide optional settings for users to override developers when it comes to accessibility issues like colour contrast, focus styles, and autoplaying videos.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Tough, but fair.
Monday, April 29th, 2019
Saturday, June 16th, 2018
An even-handed assessment of the benefits and dangers of machine learning.
Thursday, May 31st, 2018
When to use
aria-hidden="true", and when you might need
aria-hiddenby itself is not enough to completely hide an element from all users, if that is the end goal.
When to use
aria-hiddencan be used to completely hide content from assistive technology, modifying an element’s
roleto “none” or “presentation” removes the semantics of the element, but does not hide the content from assistive technologies.
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
One of the accessibility features built into OS X:
Using Switch Control, and tapping a small switch with his head, my son tweets, texts, types emails, makes FaceTime calls, operates the TV, studies at university online, runs a video-editing business using Final Cut Pro on his Mac, plays games, listens to music, turns on lights and air-conditioners in the house and even pilots a drone!
Monday, November 14th, 2016
The Government Digital Service have published the results of their assistive technology survey, which makes a nice companion piece to Heydon’s survey. It’s worth noting that the most common assistive technology isn’t screen readers; it’s screen magnifiers. See also this Guardian article on the prevalence of partial blindness:
Of all those registered blind or partially sighted, 93% retain some useful vision – often enough to read a book or watch a film. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
Prompted by the Bespin fuss, Derek shares his thoughts on *when* accessibility should be integrated into products.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Stevie Wonder talks about assistive technology. I think this finally proves that yes, accessibility *is* sexy!
Monday, March 31st, 2008
A free screen reader. If this turns out to be any good, it could be a game-changer: a long overdue kick in the behind for Freedom Scientific.
Monday, October 15th, 2007
It's easy for us to take technology for granted. This video shows how transformative technology can be. I am humbled.
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
Derek points to a new piece of assistive technology and wonders where the next innovation will come from.