Archive for “February, 2008”

The following entries were made in the “February, 2008” time-frame.

The Four Principles of Web Accessibility

Posted February 28th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

I have been fortunate to have had an opportunity to create a web site that is going to be showcased by the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Editors as an early and exemplary implementation of the now nearly complete working draft of the WCAG 2.0 (more on this and the WCAG 2.0 later — expect relevant articles). In this article I will introduce and expound slightly upon the Understanding [of] the Four Principles of Accessibility.

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Twelve Things Most Sites Need

Posted February 25th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

Web Page Design For Designers. I was recently contacted by David Rodriguez and asked if I was interested in writing an article for the Web Page Design For Designers site. I was, so I wrote a two-part article titled “Twelve Things Most Sites Need” covering what I feel are some web site must-haves. The first part of the article has been published. Enjoy.

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Are Lists Becoming the New Tables?

Posted February 15th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

Misusing specific elements in a way not intended, especially for presentational purposes, while creative and admirable on many levels, simply isn’t right.

A number of years ago some members of the scientific community and the United States government were involved in a new way to share text and data documents over phone lines. This became the Internet. It didn’t take long for people, call them web designers, to adopt and subsequently exploit this technology by using and even misusing the use-specific elements interpreted and rendered by “web browsers.”

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Inaccessible Label-Wrapped Form Inputs

Posted February 8th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

Not too long ago I wrote an article on keeping forms accessible. That was in September of ‘07. It’s an okay article, mostly accurate and helpful. I’ll stand behind its recommendations (it’s not that old), but one of those recommendations, an allowance actually, is seriously flawed. I am compelled and obligated to correct this. You see, I learned that a normal form-building practice of mine — wrapping a form input with its label — can seriously impact the accessibility and usability of a web form. Like hiding an input under a blanket.

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