Archive for the Accessibility category

Accessibility Testing Tools

Designing and developing with accessibility in mind is hard. That’s why people have created tools to visualize potential accessibility issues and automate some of the testing tasks. As accessibility is such a huge topic, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. We need to use multiple tools for testing accessibility, and none of these tools can fully replace human judgment.

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Front-End Workflow with Grunt

I’m always trying to find new ways of making the front-end development workflow easier, faster, more structured, and more maintainable. As the web environment is becoming more complex, we need to embrace the tools and use them to help us create a good architecture that allows us to concentrate on the task at hand.

Everyone has his or her own coding style and preferred ways of working. The web evolves rapidly so changing our mindsets and constantly adapting to new ways of thinking and working is a must for front-end developers.

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Responsive Web Turns Web Pages into Design Systems

Responsive websites that adapt to different devices are about much more than fluid grids, flexible images and media queries. These technical building blocks are used to implement responsive web sites in the viewing environment. However, they don’t define how the content should be structured so that it can be accessed on any device browsing the web, including mobile phones, tablets, desktops and future devices we don’t know about yet.

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Accessible Patterns

Finding accessible jQuery plugins for common user interface patterns is not always easy. There are thousands of great plugins out there, but few of them have core accessibility support built in. I don’t blame authors — accessibility is a complex area, and it’s difficult to get it right as there are so many factors involved. As part of the ongoing process of creating accessible, reusable patterns and snippets, I’ve started Accessible Patterns on GitHub.

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