Thursday, September 23Digital Marketing Journals

Accessibility

Is It Time to Reset HTML?
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Is It Time to Reset HTML?

HTML is one of the foundational building blocks of the Web. But just as web design best practices and techniques change over time, so does the code we use. As HTML evolves, some of its older markup has been deprecated while other parts have been repurposed. Does that create more problems for us, though? Would we be better off starting over so we can make sure we’re all working from the same language rather than trying to edit out the bits we don’t want or need? Problems With Holding Onto Legacy HTML Let’s take a look at what happens when we amend the rules of HTML over time and how it impacts the Web: 1. It’s Risky to Leave Deprecated HTML Behind Whether certain features have become outdated and need to go, or browsers have stopped supporting certain tags altogether, deprecated code e...
Why Thinking Ahead Is Crucial in Web Design
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Why Thinking Ahead Is Crucial in Web Design

The difference between building a great website and a mediocre one is usually determined very early on. It’s often a matter of a web designer painting their project into a virtual “corner”. That’s where a design becomes inflexible and unable to accommodate various use cases. This tends to happen in the prototyping phase. We spend lots of time and creative energy on an idea that looks awesome. Our clients might love it just as much as we do. But only when we actually start to build it do we begin to fully understand the consequences. A design mockup serves as a compass for our website projects. If we fail to think ahead with regards to what certain elements require, it could mean being stuck in a bad situation. The end result is a site that has to make some serious compromises in order ...
Designing Inclusive Content Models – A List Apart
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Designing Inclusive Content Models – A List Apart

In the 1920s, Robert Moses designed a system of parkways surrounding New York City. His designs, which included overpasses too low for public buses, have become an often-cited example of exclusionary design and are argued by biographer Robert A. Caro to represent a purposeful barrier between the city’s Black and Puerto Rican residents and nearby beaches.  Article Continues BelowRegardless of the details of Moses’s parkway project, it’s a particularly memorable reminder of the political power of design and the ways that choices can exclude various groups based on abilities and resources. The growing interest in inclusive design highlights questions of who can participate, and in relation to the web, this has often meant a focus on accessibility and user experience, as well...
Getting to the Heart of Digital Accessibility – A List Apart
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Getting to the Heart of Digital Accessibility – A List Apart

Quick! Think of the word “developer” or “coder” — what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe a whiteish male in his twenties living in a busy metropolis, wearing a nerdy t-shirt and hoodie? Someone a bit like Mark Zuckerberg? Or maybe a younger Bill Gates or Sergey Brin? Any of the dudes from the HBO series Silicon Valley, perhaps? Certainly no one like me. Article Continues BelowBy tech standards, I’m old. I’m also female and a mother. I live in a midwestern town you’ve never heard of and will never visit — a town where the cows vastly outnumber the people. My hair color is (almost) natural and is no longer part of the ROYGBIV collection, so I have no perceived conference street cred. I own about a thousand geeky T-shirts, but never actually wear them in public, op...
Standards for Writing Accessibly – A List Apart
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Standards for Writing Accessibly – A List Apart

Writing to meet WCAG2 standards can be a challenge, but it’s worthwhile. Albert Einstein, the archetypical genius and physicist, once said, “Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” Article Continues BelowHopefully, this entire book will help you better write for accessibility. So far, you’ve learned:Why clarity is importantHow to structure messages for error states and stress casesHow to test the effectiveness of the words you writeAll that should help your writing be better for screen readers, give additional context to users who may need it, and be easier to parse.But there are a few specific points that you may not otherwise think about, even after r...
Web Accessibility, Inclusion & Social Justice – A List Apart
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Web Accessibility, Inclusion & Social Justice – A List Apart

What would your life be like without the internet? Not if it didn’t exist at all, but if you were locked out of it? Would your days be different? Unrecognizable, even? Keeping your answers to that in mind, do you think access to the internet is a human right? Do we need to be able to access it to fully participate in modern society? To answer “yes” to these questions would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Article Continues BelowLiving without internet#section2Globally, over 40% of people still do not have access to the internet. That lack of access and the issues it creates have helped motivate digital equity initiatives like Tech Goes Home and the Good Things Foundation.Having no access to the internet creates problems in many parts of modern life. In the UK, ...
A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency – A List Apart
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A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency – A List Apart

So, what is it like to be color blind and also work in the web design and development industry? I’ll answer that question throughout this article, but it’s something that’s always factored into my thoughts, given my passion for design and now my career. I wonder if having “normal” vision would have made me a better artist growing up. Would it make me better at my job now? Would I have pursued a more design-oriented career, as opposed to one that’s more dev-focused? These are just some of the things that pop into my head. Article Continues BelowAs to my job and my color vision, no, colorblindness doesn’t affect my work as much as you’d think. During design meetings, I can quickly point out areas where we need to reconsider our color palette. While reviewing layouts, I’m ab...