In today’s world of complex web apps full of toggles, modals, accordions and other custom design patterns, many developers forget to manage focus. What does that mean exactly?
For further reading on the ins and outs of managing focus, check out Heydon Pickering’s Learning to Focus. Also, see his practical ARIA examples, many of which have code that demonstrates managing focus.
News and links
HTML5 spec on Github: From the announcment email: “We welcome all pull requests for outstanding issues, in particular to fix important interoperability bugs such as those affecting web developers working on production web sites.”
The high cost of digital discrimination: From the article: “For a growing number of companies, that inaccessibility comes at a cost. The US Department of Justice (DOJ), citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, has sued and negotiated millions of dollars in settlements with big brands such as Target, Disney and Netflix, for not designing their websites to accommodate the browsing needs of disabled customers.”
Microsoft announces new structure and leads for accessibility: From the post: “Today I’m pleased to announce additional details about our new organizational structure to guide these efforts, which included the creation of a centralized accessibility team as well as newly appointed technical leaders in the key engineering groups across the company.”
WordPress accessibility coding standards now in draft and seeking comments: These standards will become part of the developer’s handbook, referenced by the community working on WordPress.
Resources, tools and tutorials
- Notes on using ARIA in HTML (resource)
- Accessibility is a process, not a project (blog post)
- Being a deaf developer (blog post)
- How to use the button element to improve accessibility (blog post)
- What to do when you get sued (revisited) (blog post)
- The accessibility stack (blog post)
- Testing (blog post)
- Research with visually impaired users (blog post)
New to A11y
M.E. Miller gives you 10 inclusive design lessons, and reminds you to approach accessibility like any other design challenge.
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