Clearly visible focus styles are important for sighted keyboard users. However, these focus styles can often be undesirable when they are applied as a result of a mouse/pointer interaction. A classic example of this are buttons which trigger a particular action on a page, such as advancing a carousel. While it is important that a […]
This is the last in the current series of articles looking at adaptations for accessibility, based on new techniques or research. The last part discussed “invert brightness”. Many people in the world have some difficulty in perceiving colour. A very well-known condition is “red-green colour blindness” (there are actually two different sub-types of this, deuteranomaly […]
The CSS display properties are powerful. You can change the visual display of elements to match your desired styling, but sometimes doing this can have an unintended effect of nuking the semantics of the elements, as conveyed to screen reading software, in the browser accessibility tree. Screen readers and other assistive tech, in general, do […]
Updated March 2nd, 2018 to clarify the genesis of Success Criteria included in this post. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is in the final phase to become a W3C Recommendation and that means the web is about to begin accommodating the cognitive needs of many more people. WCAG 2.1 is the first version to […]
Symbols are cool. They add decoration and/or information to user interfaces. For screen reader users their inclusion can sometimes be annoying or confusing as the visual and aural user interface differ.