The Best of the Internets

You’re Offline

Some very interesting ideas and explorations of how to make your site better when viewed offline. Some very cool ideas here.

Start With Empathy

A great piece covering the various ways we, as web designers and developers, must practice empathy:

Upping the empathy quotient among decision-makers, designers, and developers is integral to ensuring the creation of a digital world for everyone.

Accessibility According to Actual People With Disabilities

Lots of real-world feedback about accessibility issues here. The laundry list of pain points is not insurmountable though:

  • Missing captions
  • Motion & animations
  • Visual clutter
  • Walls of text
  • Small text
  • Sites that don’t play well with magnifiers
  • Low contrast
  • Text in images
  • Bright colors
  • Reliance on color to convey information
  • Mouse-centric interactions
  • Tiny touch targets

You can address most of these easily.

Alpha Testers Wanted for Progressive Web App Tools for vs Code

The goals of this extension are pretty straightforward:

  1. Create the code we know we need and only that code;
  2. Omit any code that we “might” need in the future;
  3. Work for Angular, React, Vue, plain old JavaScript; and
  4. Provide simple and functional steps to create a PWA on the major platforms listed above.


And Now, a Brief Definition of the Web

This is an excellent and well-argued piece from Dieter Bohn. In it, he argues that “the web” is characterized by two things:

  1. URLs and
  2. Client agnosticism.

Reading this, I’m reminded of a lot of Jeremy’s writings about products being “on the web” rather than “of the web”. It’s an incredibly important distinction in my mind because, as Dieter so eloquently puts it

The openness of the web allowed small companies to become big ones without seeking permission from the biggest ones. Preserving the web, or more specifically the open principles behind it, means protecting one of the few paths for innovation left in the modern tech world that doesn’t have a giant company acting as a gatekeeper. And there’s reason not to trust those giant companies: there’s much less incentive to encourage openness when you have a massive empire to defend.

These are important things to consider when deciding where to invest your time and energy.

The Unbearable Inaccessibility of Slideshows

Carousel’s and slideshows are the red-headed stepchild of the web design world, but they are still used (and useful) in many scenarios. That said, they are often horribly inaccessible. This article offers a step-by-step walkthrough of common accessibility issues with this interface and details how to address them.