Category: Accessibility

  • Accessibility Inspectors: A Basic Guide

    Accessibility Inspectors: A Basic Guide

    Matthew Wistrand | May 6, 2020

    As accessibility-minded developers working on accessibility-minded teams, we strive to design and build inclusive applications that yield a pleasant experience for all users. However, despite our best efforts we may make mistakes and implement features in a sub-optimal way, or worse, discover that some users cannot use those features at all. Fortunately, in recent years

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  • Using Progressive Enhancement to Design for Accessibility

    Using Progressive Enhancement to Design for Accessibility

    Scott Jensen | August 5, 2019

    The web is for everyone. That includes web apps built on web architecture. If you haven’t heard the word “accessibility” mentioned in the last couple of years, you may have been living under a rock. Building accessible, inclusive web apps that support users with disabilities is becoming standard protocol. Have you updated Slack lately? Those

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  • An Intro to Designing for Accessibility

    An Intro to Designing for Accessibility

    Daniel Bivins | December 4, 2018

    Ensuring that your app or site is designed with accessibility as a priority isn’t only good design—it also makes good business sense. Giving thought to this early on in the product creation can save you headaches by reducing design and technical debt for your team. Better yet, interweaving inclusive user experience (UX) design principles into

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  • Node+JS Interactive 2018: From Accessibility to JS Interoperability

    Node+JS Interactive 2018: From Accessibility to JS Interoperability

    Dylan Schiemann | October 23, 2018

    The 2018 edition of the Node+JS Interactive conference featured nearly 1,000 JavaScript and Node.js enthusiasts at the first combined event organized by the Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation. The event included nearly 100 sessions, panels, and community events designed to help grow and foster the JavaScript ecosystem. The big announcement this year was the intent

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  • Navigating accessibility in two dimensions

    Navigating accessibility in two dimensions

    Sarah Higley | August 8, 2018

    We usually take for granted how efficiently maps convey information like proximity, spatial relations, distance, and geographical context in a compact visual manner across two dimensions. Attempting to translate that to a non-visual medium and navigate interactive elements linearly by keyboard quickly pulls back the curtain on that illusionary ease. In this two-part series, we

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  • Escape the Office: Designing Interfaces for Other Developers

    Dylan Schiemann | May 4, 2018

    At the recent TSConf, SitePen engineer Sarah Higley delivered a talk titled Escape the Office: Designing Interfaces for Other Developers. The moment you step into any large project or open source venture you must accept that code you write gets used in ways you did not originally intend. Part of creating any good codebase is

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  • CSUN ATC 2018: Attack of the Acronyms

    CSUN ATC 2018: Attack of the Acronyms

    Sarah Higley | April 17, 2018

    Picture lots and lots of dogs wearing vests Now, are you thinking of a Lewis Carroll-esque canine tea party, or a collection of service dogs? If the latter, you may be ready to attend the thankfully-abbreviated California State University: Northridge Assistive Technology Conference (hereafter referred to as CSUN or #CSUNATC18). If you picture an impeccably-dressed

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  • Don’t forget your keys

    Don’t forget your keys

    Dylan Schiemann | April 16, 2018

    At the recent NEJSConf, SitePen engineer Sarah Higley delivered a talk titled Don’t forget your keys. People tend to assume everyone navigates the world in the same way they do: on two legs, responding to visual cues, hearing speech, reading emotion. For developers, this often means web accessibility comes as an afterthought, if at all.

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  • A case for accessibility

    A case for accessibility

    Sarah Higley | March 23, 2018

    We have somehow reached a point in time where the integration of life in digital and physical spaces has spawned scores of scholarly articles with titles like “The emerging online life of the digital native.” In a practical sense, it has become increasingly difficult to participate in society without using the internet in some form.

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  • Moving 4-ward with Intern

    Moving 4-ward with Intern

    Jason Cheatham | February 10, 2017

    The motivation for Intern 4 is to make it easier to author tests with ES6+ features within tests, with or without transpilation. Want to skim? Here’s the Intern Roadmap which lists our high level status for each Intern release going forward. Or if you’re curious to know the details for our plans for Intern this

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  • Accessibility Testing with Intern

    Jason Cheatham | December 13, 2016

    Intern already has a wide array of capabilities and today we’re pleased to announce one more: accessibility testing. Thanks to a generous award from Mozilla Open Source Support we’ve created the intern-a11y plugin, which allows users to run accessibility tests on pages or components using Intern.

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