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Dropdown Menus 2020: Menus are not menus

In the comments on my previous blog post, Adrian Roselli called me out for my claim that the “menu” design pattern in the W3C’s WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices is the right way to code a navigation menu. This is an issue that has plagued me for at least a decade, maybe more. My first blog post […]

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Squarespace, Wix, & Weebly: Accessibility Review

While watching the Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV last night, one of the most effective commercials for me was the one from Squarespace, featuring Winona Ryder sitting roadside in the snow with her laptop. A local law enforcement officer shows up and they have an exchange that’s reminiscent of Fargo. The commercial isn’t […]

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Audio Description using the Web Speech API

When HTML5 was published, it introduced the <video> and <audio> elements, as well as the <track> element. The latter provides a standard means of synchronizing text with media for a variety of purposes. The HTML5 spec specifically defines five kinds of track: captions, subtitles, chapters, metadata, and descriptions. The latter is particularly interesting, and is […]

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Only one Terrill Thompson

Ok, there are actually two Terrill Thompsons, but that’s another story. This particular Terrill (me) has a short bio that reads “Terrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington, web developer, musician, writer, outdoor adventurer, and seeker of truth.” These are a lot of things that I Am. Historically I’ve kept some […]

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Optimizing my Home Office

I work in a variety of places. I share an office with Doug at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. I share an office with David, Carly, Stephanie, and Nigel at Western Washington University in Bellingham, with Max a short shout away. I share an office with anyone else who happens to be […]

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