Golden Bullets

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Bulleted lists break up dense blocks of content. They make scanning for discrete content and reading easier for visual readers. A Bronze content user experience (UX) elevates to Golden. Meanwhile, people using a screen reader hear more meta-information. Depending on mode and setting, each list and bullet announces. The UX remains Bronze or lower. With […]

Choose the right medicine

Choose the right medicine from the following interactions: button, checkbox, or radio button

Reading Time: 5 minutes I’m irritated when those arrays of filters or options we are offered to update lists of data are badly coded. You know, those lozenge-shaped UI components designers refer to as pills or capsules? Like the pharmaceuticals they describe it’s vital we prescribe the correct one. They look like a bunch of buttons and update the […]

Happy Writing

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Reading Time: 2 minutes According to a Google search for, “happiest language in the world” the happiest language is Spanish. Chinese is the least happy. Could this help explain why developers, designers and writers working in English are among the most miserable b’stards online?  Example The following is a random example from the Tesco.com homepage that offers just two […]

Altruistic Alternative Attributes

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Reading Time: 5 minutes In this post I: Revisit the misunderstanding between the alternative text attribute (alt) and its value. Consider the editorial intention of images that convey emotion and ask, should I add a new branch to my Alternative Text Shrubbery? Why this topic? Alternative text attributes are the simplest accessibility recommendation to apply (Sydik, 2007), and a […]

Is HTML better than Markdown? Yes

Reading Time: 4 minutes When we write web content in valid vanilla HTML, the Internet is a far more inclusive product. Only the skill of our writers could change that. In this article I argue to drop Markdown as your primary writing medium and write to, or into HTML. Comments are open 🙂  Digital Writing Digital writing is different […]

An Edge of Dark Revenue Patterns

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The Internet is a dirty place. Surely respectable enterprises should help make it safe? Dark patterns like this from Microsoft fail to install any confidence that an honest Internet is likely. Naive? Given our industry’s call for user-centric design, the abuse of our users with crass engineering and misleading “dark” advertising patterns is surely wrong? […]

Dog Poo is Accessible Too

dog poop is accessible too

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Too many bells, whistles, and other dog poo added to UI and UX education, articles, and videos obsess visual delight while negating even basic accessible or inclusive design. When we employ ableist 3rd-party solutions, we must take responsibility for implementing them inclusively. Dog poo is accessible, too. We don’t want to wade through it. […]

A CMS-look-alike with AJAX

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why? Static wireframes are not prototypes. I expect to use this technique when demonstrating inclusive and accessible UX or UI design strategies. These include relative units, fluid responsiveness, and server responses that static wireframes or [insert ‘prototyping’ software of choice] click-through output can only fail to convey. Starting Out It’s been a while since I […]

Inclusive Dialog Design?

Reading Time: 11 minutes ☰ Navigate this post: Introduction My Initial Thinking Adrian Replies The Missing Je Ne Sais Pas More Thinking Required Use Cases Solutions That Fail Summary Reference this Post Introduction I happened upon and was impressed by Adrian Roselli’s post, “Dialog Focus in Screen Readers”. His testing set me a line of thought current to my […]

Blueberry Muffins and Terrible People

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Hoorah for Monica Dinculescu (‘Meownica‘) of Google calling out developers who don’t “bake-in” accessibility to their apps like blueberries in a muffin recipe: “If you don’t want to make accessible apps, then you are a terrible person and you shouldn’t be making apps for anybody. You should be doing something else.” Dinculescu (2016) The following […]

Shaking the Alt Decision Tree

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Reading Time: 9 minutes ☰ Navigate this post: Why must images be inclusive And not only accessible? The problem Why image a11y fails The rotten Alt Decision Tree Analysis Pruning the Alt Decision Tree Cutting out the technical Shaking the ‘Tree Asking what stays? My Alt Decision Shrub Tra-daa, the problem solved!? Reference this post References Why is alternative […]

Web Components can be Accessible!

Reading Time: 3 minutes When inspecting products for inclusive code strategies, I regularly run across custom HTML tags, or ‘extended’ HTML belonging to web components. They are usually comprised of DIV and SPAN soup and a style block. ARIA labelling is more often than not omitted and fixed pixel units are common, so their responsiveness is limited. The explanation […]

To title abbr or not?

Reading Time: 4 minutes The following code snippet caught my attention when following posts by Chris Coyier and Eric Bailey diminishing objections to the abbreviation of accessibility to “a11y”. Abbreviation <abbr>a11y</abbr> There is no title=”” attribute within the abbr element. I was groomed to always include it. The Correct HTML? A little research including the WHATWG Living Standard (September, […]