Reading Time: 4 minutes My favourite YouTube codey stars and Emmet emissaries use Emmet and without viewing their keyboard strokes, I was left eager and still confused.
Are Frameworks Evil?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Frameworks don’t need to be evil. Only their masters can make them that way?
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. I argue to drop Markdown and write to, or into HTML.
Dog Poo is Accessible Too
Reading Time: < 1 minute Just because it is accessible does not mean it is inclusive. Dog Poo is Accessible – you don’t want to wade thru 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 […]
MSc UX Design Graduation 2020
Reading Time: < 1 minute Darn Covid 19 in 2020. Our graduation is in absentee—or some such concept spoken in Latin to dress the situation up a bit. Here’s our segment on YouTube at 27 min and 27 seconds introduced by my supervisor, Dr Andrew Errity. You’ll spot me: one of only two names poor Andrew needed to name in […]
Inclusive Dialog Design?
Reading Time: 11 minutes At most every turn with accessibility I find , “it depends” actually translates to, “so what?” Dialogs just stink.
‘Special Characters’ Accessibility and Usability
Reading Time: 12 minutes Adding usability and accessibility to special HTML characters and punctuation for screen reader and visual users
Expanding Summary Details Accessibly
Reading Time: 8 minutes A decade later, can we use the HTML Details and Summary tags inclusively to replace expand and collapse accordions accessibly with and without JS and CSS?
Blueberry Muffins and Terrible People
Reading Time: < 1 minute Baking apps and components like Blueberry Muffins and the Terrible People who do not want to make apps accessible
Shaking the Alt Decision Tree
Reading Time: 9 minutes Why is alternative image content so difficult? In this article I analyse and update W3C’s WAI Alt Decision Tree for everyday human consumption.
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 […]
‘Liquid’ DELETE animation demo
Reading Time: 5 minutes Sometimes I get so hooked up on inclusive design—and rightly—that I can overlook the strategies that take an OK user interaction (UI) to delight. Following on from my starter-project on UI SVG animations, I found the following demonstration that exports Sketch PNG files into After Effects. Forgiving that the YouTube comments capture my own ill-ease […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute During dotCSS 2019, Sarah Dayan made a compelling—if, in summary a flawed argument “In Defense of Utility-First CSS”. There’s certainly room for us to reflect and also to counter with some concerns. Sarah argues that utility-first has advantages over our grooming toward semantic CSS and its enhancement with BEM CSS writing styles. These add weight […]
Animation and Keyframes
Reading Time: 4 minutes This was a fun hour’s project this morning. On a past web page project, I used the viewport width to move multiple backgrounds on expanding and contracting the browser window. A yacht floated serenely across the Adriatic past islands floating on the azure waters in a changing perspective – in my mind. Anyway, the client […]
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, […]
Accessible Clock? Almost…
Exasperations of accessible experiences
Reading Time: 4 minutes Accessibility is treated by my industry as you would treat a stone chip stuck in your vehicle’s brakes. You can hear it squealing as it grinds into your imagination of a deeply scarred disk. You cannot identify which wheel is affected from inside the comfort of the vehicle. You select reverse gear and go back […]
Major Research Project Update
Reading Time: < 1 minute Find out why I updated my MRP to research our users’ comparable and equitable experience of accessibility. Go to the MRP section to learn all.
A Delightful Slider?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Josh Collinsworth’s Likert-based slider input styles a range of emoji in place of the usual grades. It may bring a piece of visual delight to our feedback survey forms? A measure of satisfaction and delight? The 12 emoji that display on the slider button range from, “swear I’m angry” (🤬) to “love it” (😍). The […]