Chris Ashton

dai11y 06/07/2020

06 July 2020

An app for everything, but can everyone use it? Anne Spencer Ross tested almost 9000 apps and found that a quarter were missing labels for >90% of their icons. ‘Floating action buttons’, representing the most important action on the screen, lacked labels in 92% of cases. The tools used to build apps can greatly affect… [Read More]

dai11y 03/07/2020

03 July 2020

The Latest Barbie Dreamhouse Now Includes A Wheelchair-Accessible Elevator Mattel, the manufacturer behind the Barbie brand, started producing Barbies with wheelchairs in February 2019. They’ve now released a ‘Dreamhouse’ dollhouse that has a button-operated lift, big enough to accommodate the wheelchair. It’s a great step forward in seeing a full range of diversity from a… [Read More]

dai11y 02/07/2020

02 July 2020

#accessiBe Will Get You Sued Adrian Roselli writes about accessiBe, a company (whose article I’ve shared before) that offers an add-on for sites to automatically make them ‘accessible’. Adrian presents a scathing review of their practices, including that they incorrectly interpret WCAG, are cited in accessibility lawsuits and attempt to spoof automated checkers.

dai11y 01/07/2020

01 July 2020

How Does HTML Microdata Help With Accessibility? Scott Vinkle explains how pages marked up with microdata helps the ‘Reader Mode’ in browsers to find and arrange content. For example, <img src=”source.jpg” alt=”” itemprop=”image” /> determines the image that will be displayed in Reader Mode. Reader Mode is a useful feature for many, especially for people… [Read More]

dai11y 30/06/2020

30 June 2020

Enhancing ARIA landmarks with aria-labelledby Article by Léonie Watson describing how to use aria-labelledby to distinguish between multiple navigational elements. Example: <nav role=”navigation” aria-labelledby=”firstLabel”><p>Choose an <span id=”firstLabel”>aisle</span> to browse</p><ul><li><a href=”fresh.html”>Fresh foods</a></li>…</ul>.

month11y issue 8

29 June 2020

Sa11y – accessibility quality assurance assistant An accessibility quality assurance tool geared towards content authors: Sa11y visually highlights common errors, with contextual information. Try out the demo. Text link Accessibilty: aria-label and title Deque article testing <a> links with various combinations of title and aria-label. The conclusion is that aria-label is the best supported attribute,… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 16

29 June 2020

Legacy Applications and Accessibility A blog post describing approaches to finding accessibility issues in legacy code; for example, scanning the codebase for positive tab index values (tabindex=”1″ etc). An interesting idea is an ‘accessibility JavaScript file’ that you can include on pages to help fix a11y issues without having to modify the legacy code…. [Read More]

dai11y 29/06/2020

29 June 2020

Quick Tips for High Contrast Mode Sarah Higley shares some tips for supporting Windows High Contrast Mode (WHCM). WHCM ignores ARIA roles/states/properties, so <a role=”button”> will be styled as a link. Use svg { fill: currentColor } to have it match the color of the surrounding text. Beware that the -ms-high-contrast media query is being… [Read More]

week11y issue 32

29 June 2020

The troubled state of screen readers in multilingual situations Xurxe Toivo García shares their findings when testing different screen reader / browser / OS combinations with a simple English web page featuring a <span> with a different lang to the main page. All were inconsistent and none worked perfectly. On VoiceOver for desktop, paragraph text… [Read More]

dai11y 26/06/2020

26 June 2020

Inheritance Tax: The Real Cost of not Making Content Accessible Simon Mellins, Ebook Technology Coordinator at Penguin, writes a condensed version of a talk he gave at the London Book Fair, where he described the accessibility case for creating good tags, metadata and logically structuring e-books. Here, he concentrates more on the legacy it leaves;… [Read More]