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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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The a11y Monthly: Does Accessibility slow down the development process?

31 August 2017 by Andrea Fercia - 1 Comment

I’ve been focusing on web accessibility for a few years now. One of the complaints I’ve often heard from business owners and managers is that implementing accessibility is hard and slows down the development process. For this reason, sometimes accessibility gets postponed or set aside in the erroneous belief that’s something that can be “added” …

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The a11y Monthly: Accessibility for the future you

28 July 2017 by Andrea Fercia - 4 Comments

One of the most common misconceptions I often hear about Web accessibility is that accessibility is for people with disabilities or with some kind of impairment. Some people think it relates to a small percentage of users. Business owners and managers, even the ones who understand the value of accessibility, sometimes tend to think it can …

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The a11y Monthly: Why you shouldn’t rely on the title attribute

9 June 2017 by Andrea Fercia - 1 Comment

The title attribute is a small bit of HTML that developers can use on most of the HTML elements. In desktop browsers, the title attribute content is typically displayed as a visual “tooltip”. The attribute has been around for about 15 years. It is still widely used on the internet in the belief it’s a …

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The a11y Monthly: 5 easy things you can do now to improve accessibility

1 May 2017 by Andrea Fercia - 1 Comment

One of the concerns I often hear about accessibility is that it’s hard to implement and expensive. It’s true that retrofitting accessibility requirements on an existing website can be expensive. But that’s because it’s too late. Plan accessibility from the start and ensure that it’s embedded in the culture of your organization. This will make …

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The a11y Monthly: Contributing to WordPress to spread accessibility culture

28 February 2017 by Andrea Fercia - 3 Comments

People call me an accessibility expert, but I don’t see myself as an expert. I do know quite a few things about HTML5, WAI-ARIA, browsers, and screen readers. I live in a small country, which is well known for its arts, food, and fashion. However, it is not famous for its information technology industry. So …

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