I think I’ve identified a common pattern for the way certain “worst practices”—as opposed to “best practices”—continue to live on well past their prime.
Archive for the ‘Best Practices’ Category
I know people have their reasons for wanting to make links open in new windows, but there are real problems with that. Here’s a link where someone does a great job explaining why we should stop.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean text alternatives should be that long! But how do you know what’s right? This decision tree is a good place to start.
The way a person formats text is to communicate additional information. “This phrase is a section heading.” “This word is more important than all the others.” When text formatting gets out of control, that information is obscured and a host of other problems arise.
When it comes to entering accessible content, the skills required are rather simple, but many people find it hard to remember to do all of them. Here’s a great little article reminding people what those skills are. My favorite part: a simple test to see if your site is accessible.
Writing alt text is one of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways to improve the accessibility (and SEO!) of your website.Yet many people still don’t do it! If you’re unclear at all about what it is, take the time now to understand it and implement it on your sites.
I’m wondering whether a nonprofit website navigation structure benchmark might be useful. I’m looking for reader comments and ideas to help me decide whether and how to approach it. If that sounds interesting or useful to you, please chime in!
When examining a software bug, there’s no reason to be squeamish! Get right up next to it! Poke it! Prod it! Click on all its buttons. Don’t let this metaphor get out of hand. Just read how to report a bug.