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The a11y Monthly: Language and cultural background in an inclusive international community

29 June 2018 by Andrea Fercia

Two weeks ago, I’ve attended WordCamp Europe in Belgrade, together with many colleagues from the Yoast team. As usual, it’s been a great event and also an excellent opportunity to think about what an inclusive event is. In this post, I’d not like to talk technical accessibility, but share some personal thoughts about what I think …

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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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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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