The a11y Monthly: Making modals accessible

4 May 2018 by Andrea Fercia - 1 Comment

Modals are a pretty common interface on the Web. Developers and designers might give them different names: lightbox, modal window, dialog, overlay… but they’re basically the same thing. A modal is a window that appears on top of the page overlaying other content. In this post, I’ll try to explain what needs to be done to make »

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The a11y Monthly: Testing for accessibility makes you a better professional

30 March 2018 by Andrea Fercia

In my previous monthly post, I’ve shared a few tips and tools for accessibility testing for beginners. In this post, I’d like to tell you when I was a complete beginner myself, and how starting to test for accessibility helped me to be a better professional. Not surprisingly, my first impact with assistive technologies wasn’t »

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The a11y Monthly: Accessibility testing for beginners

28 February 2018 by Andrea Fercia

In-depth accessibility testing requires knowledge and experience. But even if you’re not a specialist, you can start testing for accessibility today. In a previous post, I’ve talked about five easy things you can do to improve accessibility. In this post, I’d like to share with you a few tools you can use to test the accessibility »

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Migrating Yoast.com’s webshop from EDD to WooCommerce

27 February 2018 by Anton Timmermans - 6 Comments

At Yoast, we optimize every aspect of websites’ performance. Our goal is to make the web a better place by making websites more usable, easier to navigate, faster, and more reliable. In September 2017 we migrated our webshop from Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) to WooCommerce — it’s where we sell all the tools, products, and »

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The a11y Monthly: How to repair the page navigation your JavaScript framework broke

31 January 2018 by Andrea Fercia

In modern web development, building web applications using JavaScript frameworks is a growing trend. And with good reasons, as JavaScript frameworks offer several advantages. However, the shift to a different interaction model creates new accessibility challenges that haven’t been fully addressed yet. In this post, I’d like to talk about a fundamental aspect of accessibility: »

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The a11y Monthly: Give your HTML elements an accessible name

30 October 2017 by Andrea Fercia

Recently, I joined a conversation where someone said a great part of accessibility is “subjective.” While I’d agree that sometimes the perception of accessibility is subjective, there are objective rules. I’m not referring just to the official specifications such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or the ARIA Authoring Practices. There are practical rules every »

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The a11y Monthly: Spruce up your website accessibility with aria-current

28 September 2017 by Andrea Fercia - 2 Comments

The aria-current attribute is a new, tiny bit of HTML in the upcoming ARIA 1.1 specification. It’s a simple, effective way to communicate to assistive technologies which the current item within a set of related items is. Here, I’ll try to explain how such a small attribute can improve your website accessibility. I’ll also show how »

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