Onderzoek wijst uit dat alle landelijke politieke partijen mensen digitaal uitsluiten. Een groot deel van de bevolking heeft geen toegang tot hun website.
People like people who are like them. That's practical for making friends. It's not when you want a well-rounded team.
Newsletters aren't for me. I do love sharing though. I came up with some alternatives including a Discord server. Let me share with you why I think that's a good idea.
There's a simple question I ask myself whenever I consider the usage of a toast-component.
Accessibility audits are great, except when you want to solve issues. Structural issues require inspection beyond the surface, and solutions beyond patching up.
Often when people talk about accessibility, it appears to be this binary thing. Something either is or isn’t accessible. And that’s true, but it also isn’t.
Look at modern websites at you'll see their code covered in aria-roles: a pretty <div> with role="button" here, a nice <a> with role="link" further along, and so on. But what is an aria-role, and what does it actually do?
The anchor link is one of the most elemental of HTML-elements. The idea of linking things is kind of the core idea of HyperText (the HT in both HTML and HTTP). And oh my, do we love to (ab)use links on the web! But what should be inside a link?
I’ve spent years working in accessibility doing everything from printing and hanging up posters, to joining and leading a Design Systems team. These days I apply my experience as a freelance consultant and these are a few of the things I’ve done recently.
Designing a focus state? A focus state that works on every background is a great starting point. Understand how it works, and improve it for your use-case!
Products can be made in a way that they can be used by everybody, including people with disabilities. Not everybody knows this, or how to do this. Working in the field of accessibility means supporting people to build accessible.
Build the most components you can to have the least amount of work. I'll tell you why that's logical.
There are some useful principles to keep in mind when considering accessibility and inclusive design, but this one is probably my personal favorite. It helps a lot of people (including me, which makes it super important 👀) and can apply to so many situations. Always make sure people know what to expect.
Why accessibility has priority over other issues
The color contrast ratios mentioned in WCAG can give you an insight in how usable your color palette is. How that works isn't very transparent. Learn more about how the color contrast ratio is determined, and what that means for you (and your palette).
I shared an image of Afghan refugees too haphazardly. Let's have a second look.
Images are visual communication. Consider what you’re trying to communicate before you do.
We might not always be able to make the best choices from a set of options. But we can always aim for less. Stay agile and flexible.
Everything you put on your website is old. Every website is an archive. The web is a collective history.
This website is 100% semantic. There are no <div>s or <span>s. Every element has been chosen to play a role, because every element has a role.
When people talk about the quality of HTML code, it is often about semantics. But what are semantics? What is semantic HTML, and why should you care about it?
Everybody loves toggle switch on mobile, or so I've heard. But if you're building a website, how do you reproduce this without excluding people.
Web Components are a newly supported standard. They're a great match for Design Systems because they're futureproof and work with any framework. Building proper UI Web Components can be quite a task though, especially if you want them to be accessible. Here are some pointers on what to look out for.
I think I'm allowed at least one personal message these days. There's no thread or solid reasoning in this. My mind is still mushy so there should be typo's, but it's the mind I have. 🎉 But to me it's all about gratitude and privilege.
Web Monetization is a new proposed API standard. It makes websites able to request a stream of very small payments from a visitor. The best part, you can already use it and it's easy!
Around one billion people in the world experience some form of disability. These people are also more likely to have other burdens. These include lower education, inadequate health care, lower wages and an increased cost of living.
It's been a while since I've spent some time and energy on my website. The content was outdated. The overall structure and design no longer offered what I needed from a website.