Tag Archive for 'Accessibility'

HTML5 Priority of Constituencies

In case of conflict, consider users over authors over implementors over specifiers over theoretical purity. In other words costs or difficulties to the user should be given more weight than costs to authors; which in turn should be given more weight than costs to implementors; which should be given more weight than costs to authors of the spec itself, which should be given more weight than those proposing changes for theoretical reasons alone. Of course, it is preferred to make things better for multiple constituencies at once.

W3C

(Translated: “It’s all about the user baby!”)

Reading and scanning on the web are not the same thing

Users read left-to-right. Users scan top-to-bottom. This is why it makes sense to left-justify menu labels (list items) and headings.

Jakob Nielsen

Mozilla Drumbeat festival: ‘Learning is learning, and learning is good.’

Drumbeat – Mozilla’s flagship festival focusing on net-neutrality, openness, and freedom of learning and expression – begins today in Barcelona, Spain. After spending an evening scoping out the scheduled events, workshops, and folks involved, here are some of my MASSIVELY cool highlights and things to watch out for in 2011:

Universal Subtitles

I was impressed to hear Robin Christopherson, Head of Accessibility Services at AbilityNet, sing the praises of YouTube’s auto-captioning tool at FOWD 2010 earlier this year. Mozilla‘s new open source tool – Universal Subtitles – aims to help translate even more videos into a format capable of being easily consumed by deaf and hard of hearing users, as well as ensuring that popular search engines – like Google – can access and archive important video content for years to come. View a video introduction to the new Universal Subtitles tool in all its HTML5 glory.

Google’s SEO starter guide

All you need to know about web typography in two posts

I hand these links over to other designers and developers time, after time, after time:

  1. http://24ways.org/2006/compose-to-a-vertical-rhythm
  2. http://www.markboulton.co.uk/journal/comments/five-simple-steps-to-better-typography-part-4

Essentially they contain all you need to know about web typography. Timeless articles.

Bulletproof @font-face syntax

http://paulirish.com/2009/bulletproof-font-face-implementation-syntax/

99 (CSS) problems, but liquid ain’t one

Experiments with liquid CSS layouts

Experiments with liquid CSS layouts

We all know liquid is important, right? (Doctors recommend 1.5-3 litres per day :P)

Some of you may have been fooled into thinking liquid and elastic layouts died as soon as browsers deployed native zoom a few years back. I’ll assume you understand – with a fair degree of knowledge – the technical and usability ramifications of implementing fixed-width, liquid, and elastic web layouts. If not, then the following should briefly clear the haze:

Fixed-width layout

Dimensions have a fixed-width pixel (px) measurement.

Form input labels with (HTML5) placeholder attributes

Update 16/12/2010

I used this jQuery placeholder plugin to do the job today and it worked nicely.

The new HTML5 specification introduces the form input placeholder attribute, which allows us to define a hint to help users fill out input fields. If you’re using a WebKit-based browser right now you should find working examples of the new input placeholder in use on this page.

Working with form elements, especially labels, can present a dilemma for many…

What the 80/20 Rule Tells Us about Reducing HTTP Requests

Most performance optimization today are made on the parts that generate the HTML document (apache, C++, databases, etc.), but those parts only contribute to about 20% of the user’s response time. It’s better to focus on optimizing the parts that contribute to the other 80%.

Yahoo! Interface Blog

html5readiness.com

A wonderfully visual HTML5/CSS3 browser support resource I revisited this evening, buried in my bookmarks:

http://html5readiness.com/ screenshot

HTM5 Readiness screenshot

http://html5readiness.com/