Web Design

Accessibility Summary

Keyboard Only

This site is utilizing skip links to improve mouseless browsing. Skip links are links to another part of the page that allow visitors to navigate their way around a web document, without having to cycle through a huge list of links. They will be seen when tabbing through the page, and can be activated by hitting enter key when visible.

Skip Links

Unlike many others, our recommended method of implementing skip links ensures that all keyboard users ’see’ the skip link, as it appears visually on screen when a user tabs to it, and is of course read out by screen readers. The problem is this — although they find it, many web users simply do not understand what a skip link does, let alone how to use one.

Test Driven

Test-Driven CSS (sorta) at zahnster

When starting this task, I knew that we'd have to come up with an at-a-glance method for our developers to take the newly re-factored CSS and run with it.

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Cascade Exposures

My most recent project at Riven Design was transitioning a Typepad photo-blog called Cascade Exposures to WordPress and it's own domain. The new site debuted today, and I'm really thrilled. Go take a look, Jan's work is impressive, and always worth a visit. While you're there, make sure you subscribe so that you'll never miss anything.

Riven Design

As you may have notice, I haven't blogged much lately. One of my recent endeavors has been doing web design at Riven Design. I've been doing web design with an emphasis on high quality imagery and accessibility, and some really fun print design as well.

Riven Design

WCAG 2.0 has been released

W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web

Today W3C announces a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content.

Web Design Resources - Updated

I was putting together a list of resources that I regularly use for someone, and I thought it might be helpful for someone else.

CSS Menu Writer Rides Again

I'm still using the CSS Menu Writer that I got to evaluate. I have to say it's very slick. I'm working on a WordPress site that I hope to reveal soon, and it came in very handy. I've worked on tabbed navigation with CSS before, but this was relatively painless. A few quick menu adjustments and it gave me a set of beautiful tabbed menus. Of course it's never quite that easy.

Web Design Tools - The Site Test

If you are a site designer, or a site owner, you will at some point need to evaluate a site. Do the bones of the site stand up, or it is a screaming wreck hidden behind a pretty facade? The first thing I do is look at the source code.  Beautiful code isn't the final answer on site testing, but it's a place to start.  Is it table based, or a CSS layout? A table based layout should put up a warning flag. Table based layouts are outdated... you can do better. You want CSS. It's more adaptable, and more accessible to a wide range of technologies.

A List Apart Design Survey

A List Apart - The Survey, 2008

Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.

It's a very well written survey in my opinion. If you are a design professional, go help them out and take the survey.