An excellent response to Patrick Lauke’s post on High Contrast Mode in Windows. Greg makes seem great points and provides a clear use case using system color keywords.
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Edge usage is growing. NetMarketShare.com puts it above Safari usage on macOS and the U.S. government websites have seen more than 98 million visits in the last 3 months alone. If you’re not testing on Edge you should be.
- PS - You can test on Edge for free over on Browserstack.
This post offers exactly what it says on the tin: 7 screen reader/browser combos you should be using in your testing work.
A good overview of considerations here. In particular, this bit particularly resonated with me:
I also secretly judge [agencies/freelancers] based on whether or not I would actually hire them for work. Many designers with a strong sense of aesthetics are lacking in the UX department, and their site is nearly impossible to navigate. Sometimes the the UI is easy to navigate, but there are possible functional problems. Sometimes they’re issues that could easily be solved with progressive enhancement, but no one bothered.
There are two reasons for this: bandwagon-hopping, and misplaced experimentation.
An excellent overview of how to create an accessible ToDo list from the one and only Heydon Pickering. This is a great project, we should all support him so we get more amazing content like this.
While the name is a bit confusing, this new tool helps you compare the volume of code you’ve authored to the the amount of code that is actually executed by the browser. It’s a cool idea, but you should take it’s results with a grain of salt: This tool is only diagnosing your project based on the current page and/or flow (if it’s a single page app). Be careful not to take the results as gospel and start eliminating code without knowing whether it’s actually unused in all scenarios.
Now… tie this into an automated testing tool and gather results from a complete run-through of an app or site and you’ve got something you can actually use to improve your site’s performance.
It’s worth noting that there are static analysis tools for many task runners that can actually run queries against your HTML templates and remove unused styles automatically. I’ve used
Accessibility champion Steve Faulkner has updated his support table for ARIA’s “alert”
The Edge team is definitely not resting on their laurels. Here’s a rundown of a few of the new bits that landed in Edge as part of the latest Windows 10 update:
- UI: Set tabs aside for later
- UI: Peek at thumbnails of each open tab
- UI: Epub in the browser!
- Web Standards: Payment Request API
- Web Standards: CSS Custom Properties
- Web Standards: WebVR 1.1
- Performance: Brotli compression
The team also made improvements to the browser’s battery usage, security, and a whole lot more. Read the full post for more details.
This is an excellent write-up on how to build a truly cross-browser (except Safari, sadly) extension from my colleague David Rousset.
A while back I joined a Twitter conversation between Jared Spool and Jake Archibald about privacy policies and shared my enthusiasm for how delicately Microsoft (my employer) treats any data it collects. I’m so happy to see Microsoft starting to open up a little more about what telemetry data they are collecting and how it is actually being used to make Windows better. To wit:
[C]ertain combinations of audio drivers and audio hardware were resulting in audio that was broken or missing certain special effects. The telemetry data enabled the exact pairings of drivers and hardware that had issues to be pinpointed, enabling a fix to be developed.