What is accessibility?
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.
Compose your components
Build the most components you can to have the least amount of work. I'll tell you why that's logical.
Knowing what to expect (maybe my favorite accessibility principle)
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.
Inclusion beats optimization
Why accessibility has priority over other issues
Color and contrast, what does it mean?
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).
A closer look: "A family evacuated from Afghanistan arrives at Dulles"
I shared an image of Afghan refugees too haphazardly. Let's have a second look.
A photographer’s view on alt text
Images are visual communication. Consider what you’re trying to communicate before you do.
The value of less
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.
Your website is history
Everything you put on your website is old. Every website is an archive. The web is a collective history.
I made this website with HTML
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.
Semantics, what does it mean?
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?
Accessible HTML Toggle Button (Switch)
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.
The Guide to Accessible Web Components
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.
An introduction to Web Monetization
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!
Google, please be good
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.
Why I blog again
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.