The case of the missing alt attribute.

June 18, 2012


Topics: Accessibility, Web standards.

Jennifer Sutton brought this interesting factoid to my attention today: the single most common HTML validation error is the missing alt attribute. Of the 100 most common validation errors collected by W3C Love, a missing alt attribute comes it at number one — with almost double the occurrences of the next most common error. It’s 2012, and the key mistakes in HTML seem to remain the same. Now, one can’t help but hope — since these are the results of […]

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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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Supporting Standards that Support Accessibility

December 23, 2007


Topics: Accessibility, Semantics, Web standards.

The justification that a web site is accessible because it “follows standards” contains a serious fallacy. Specifically, the assumption that standards support accessibility. One root of current standard accessibility practice is conformance to the HTML or XHTML standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This is a fine practice, and certainly should be maintained. Using correct syntax and following a standardized method of communicating information is always a solid best practice. However, this should absolutely not be taken […]

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