Archive for “March, 2008”

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

Views From a Screen Reader User

Posted March 25th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

As it concerns using lists and other non-form structural elements to lay out web forms, my feelings have been known. They haven’t changed, but after interviewing an experienced screen reader user about this very subject recently, I do have new insights into it — his perspective anyway. It was a revealing interview. Offering without a doubt relief to some, and probably disappointment to others. Any earned responses will likely determine that.

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Making Bad Images Look a Little Better

Posted March 20th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

This is a technique I use to make less than great images look a little better. Bear in mind this isn’t a good technique for print-quality images, nor is it terribly helpful for really large images where down-to-the-pixel perfection is required, but for web-use images under 800×600, this can be a real time saver — a down and dirty technique — with no heavy tools required, meaning most mid-range image editing software can handle this. Here’s how it’s done… In six, or so, easy steps. A poor man’s technique. (Dial-up users: This post contains ~130kb of images.)

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A WCAG 2.0 Implementation Site

Posted March 11th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

Over the past month I made mentiontwice — of a site I was creating that was specifically meant to serve as a practical example of what an accessible web site is supposed to be like and serve the needs of its owner. Since I don’t create anything but accessible sites as a rule, this project wasn’t really that different than any other project. Initially that was. At first it was a typical Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 1.0 build, with a focus on meeting all of the priority 2 checkpoints, “AA,” but once word got out, the owner and some of those behind the WCAG 2.0 requested that I take it further.

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Using the HTML Em and Strong Elements

Posted March 6th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

The HTML 4.01 specification defines the “phrase” elements em and strong as indicators of emphasis and stronger emphasis, respectively. The XHTML specification doesn’t change this, it only demands the use of closing elements and proper nesting. These definitions, though, leave something to be desired. Is “stronger emphasis” an inflected inflection?! Is it used when you really, really mean it? Do you add two exclamation points just to get the point across? I don’t like any of those options.

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