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March Madness 2020 (in May, with Web Accessibility instead of Hoops)

In 2020, COVID-19 upended society in countless ways, including the cancelling of the annual NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This meant cancelling my annual Accessible Tournament Bracket and pool, which is something I always look forward to. Fast forward to May. I’m giving a presentation at the HighEdWeb Accessibility Summit on Accessible Navigation Menus, based in […]

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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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Accessibility of College Radio Stations

This post comes live from the National Student Electronic Media Convention, the annual fall convention of College Broadcasters, Inc (CBI). It’s in Seattle this year, and I was invited to present on web/media accessibility along with folks from WKNC, North Carolina State University’s student-run radio station. This is a very cool coincidence, since my co-presenters […]