This is an excellent presentation from Russ Weakley on how to use semantic markup and ARIA to ring dynamic experiences to life. Definitely worthy of a bookmark (or download).
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For the non-visual among you…
Programmer sits at a computer with his back to a Project Manager
Hmm, it’s quite a lot of work
Contact form: 5 days
Back-office: 8 days
OK, got it
Pan out to reveal Project Lead sitting next to programmer
I’ll send the customer the quote and I’ll let you know what happens
Zoom in on the Project Lead and Programmer
5 man-days for a contact form?? Are You kidding??
It’s half a day at the very most
Programmer (looking smug)
…But you’re forgetting the 4.5 days to test the new must-have framework
Project Lead (smiling)
Ha! Someone has to pay for it…
Sadly, this is so true.
This post includes a few excellent ways to add context for “headless” UIs. I use quite a few of these approaches on this very site and they’ve proven quite useful.
An excellent rebuttal to a post from Simple Accessible that denounced ARIA’s tabbed interface guidelines.
This is a great post of Alex on why Service Workers trump AppCache when it comes to creating a good user experience.
My rather lengthy chat with Emily Lewis & Lea Alcantara on progressive enhancement and all things web design.
This post hits on a lot of the same topics I talk about in Adaptive Web Design and my progressive enhancement talks and workshops: experience can and should be built in layers because it is experienced in them.
Apps in the Windows Store can now be flagged as accessible on submission. Not sure if anyone is validating these claims, but my guess is that they will if it becomes abused. Regardless, I’m excited to see Microsoft take this step to make it easier for folks who need it to find accessible apps.
This is an excellent walkthrough on how to evaluate color combinations for contrast. It also includes recommendations for inclusion in your style guide.
Luke McGrath has a great, humane summary of WCAG 2.0 as a checklist. You should check it out.