I don’t know why it took me so long, but it just hit me that requests for controlling website design are feature requests just like just like an events calendar or Twitter widget.
To understand web accessibility, it’s important to understand all the ways a computer can be used to visit your website. Here are six short videos of “assistive technology.”
This past weekend, I attended and presented at WordCamp Seattle: Experienced. Even if you don’t understand the code behind the techniques, take a moment to watch users of “assistive technology.”
I recently released the MRW Web Design Simple TinyMCE plugin for WordPress. It’s a plugin that came directly out of the work I do to serve clients and make using WordPress as easy as possible. In this post, I want to share how I made the final decisions for what buttons I removed from the default WordPress editor, and provide a framework for what it means to format content well on the web.
Twitter is disjointed but covers it all. This month includes my email signature, a new plugin, the usability of Delta’s app’s name, African emoji, and more!
Today, I want to share two quick things about accessibility (one web, one not) that are both local to MRW Web Design. Seattle Public Schools Accessibility Lawsuit A faithful blog reader let me know about this first story after reading last week’s post on the lawsuit against Harvard and M.I.T. for not captioning videos. Despite minimal news … Continue reading “Good & Bad Accessibility in the Pacific Northwest”
I used to talk about the legal ramifications of having an inaccessible website a lot more. However, WebAIM’s “Hierarchy for Motivating Change” helped me realize there were better arguments in favor of accessibility. That said, sometimes a story is too big to ignore. From the February 12 New York Times: Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed federal lawsuits … Continue reading “The Last Resort: Harvard & M.I.T. Sued Over Video Captioning [link]”
One of my very favorite WordPress plugins, Gravity Forms, is making a mistake with the implementation of two new form field settings. But it’s not too late to change it!
Contrast. You know it when you see it. Literally! Using sufficient contrast in web design ensures that EVERYONE can use your website. To make your site accessible, you’ll need to understand how contrast is measured and how to test it yourself.
What’s so bad about blue underlined links anyway?
You probably know the phrase and how it ends. Sadly, not all web developers who build website tools have users’ best interests in mind (or at least they didn’t stop to think about all of them). It’s up to us all to avoid using common and popular features that shouldn’t be.
When focusing on the nitty-gritty details of website accessibility, it’s easy to forget that tools and techniques aren’t enough to make an accessible web.
Things to do and read to celebrate 2014 Global Accessibility Awareness Day!
More reasons to not force links to open in a new tab or window. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Even if you don’t spend much time working on websites, you’ve surely come across the “title attribute” on a website. Here’s what it is and why it’s a not worth using.
Take 10 minutes to watch these two videos about the WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines (you’ll learn what those are) and how Canadian websites can be inaccessible too. As a bonus, these videos were made with accessibility in mind themselves.