HTML 5 has cool stuff: new input types!

June 3, 2010


Topics: Web Development, Web standards.

Even though many elements of HTML 5 have only limited application at this time due to lacking browser support, there’s little reason not to make use of them. The design of the markup language is intended to minimize dependence on user agents, failing invisibly if the browser doesn’t offer that feature, which helps encourage early use of new elements. Of course, the lack of support does have some consequences. We can’t just go out writing HTML 5 without having significant […]

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When the right hand doesn’t listen to the left.

January 24, 2010


Topics: Accessibility, Web standards.

Thanks to the power of internet criticism, the code discussed in this blog post has since been fixed! Sometimes just making a complaint is all it takes to get something fixed. I was highly critical of the code authors for this low-quality code; but they truly did care, and made changes. Thank you. Authoring forms is an important part of keeping the web fully accessible — not just providing access to information, but allowing users to fully interact with the […]

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Minimum Color Contrast Ratio Changed in WCAG 2

December 15, 2008


Topics: Accessibility, News, Web standards.

In the final release of WCAG 2, the acceptable minimum color contrast ratio was changed from 5:1 to 4.5:1. I’ve updated both my color contrast tests — Color Contrast Comparison Tool and the Color Contrast Spectrum Tool to reflect the change in contrast ratio. What does this change mean? Essentially, this means that the working group decided that color combinations with lower contrast (more similar colors) were acceptable for general use on the web. This is certainly good news for […]

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WCAG 2 Reaches Recommendation Status

December 11, 2008


Topics: Accessibility, News, Web standards.

It’s been a long time coming, but as of today the standards of accessibility expressed in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are officially updated. A W3C recommendation is the most final state a document can reach in the W3C standards system, and should now be considered the standard document for accessibility, superceding WCAG 1. A W3C Recommendation is a specification or set of guidelines that, after extensive consensus-building, has received the endorsement of W3C Members and the Director. W3C recommends […]

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Web site Tune-up: 8 Quick Checkups

June 2, 2008


Topics: Accessibility, Web standards.

Perfecting a web site is a long and involved process. There’s no getting around the fact that if you want every aspect of your site to be right — accessibility, search optimization, and just all-around pizzazz, you’ve probably got some significant work to do. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t things you can check quickly and efficiently to make sure you’re not making some of the more egregious errors! Here are 8 speedy checkups (in no particular order) […]

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