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Web Accessibility Tip for November 2017

Key in the shape of the word AccessI actually have the WebAIM Web Accessibility Tip of the Month and two more recommended/required readings this month:

Quick Tip: CSS focus-within

The new :focus-within CSS pseudo-class allows you to define styles for an element that has focus anywhere within it. This can be especially helpful for drawing attention to focused elements and enhancing keyboard and visual accessibility. For example, one could define visual highlighting for a form when a user focuses a field within that form, or highlight a table row if a user navigates to a link or control within that row. This functionality was previously only possible using scripting, but is now increasingly supported using basic CSS.

For more information about web accessibility, please visit the WebAIM website.External link

See also information about how you can subscribe to the monthly WebAIM Newsletter which contains lots of great information about web accessibility.

Required Reading

Two articles related to e-mail struck my fancy today.

First, an article by David Pierce in Wired entitled, “E-Mail is Broken. Can Anyone Fix it?” gives an excellent history of e-mail technology, what’s wrong with it and some thoughts on how we can do things differently. As I was reading this, I remember a training program that I offered about 20+ years ago and after it was over, the audience all wanted to know how they could deal with the overwhelming issue of e-mail. I didn’t have an answer then. Not sure I do now. But it’s a good read.

The second article does deal with accessibility and e-mail and is something everyone must read. This little talked about topic is very important; often overlooked, often avoided.

In “E-Mail and Accessibility” Jason Rodriguez (CSS-Tricks) provides an excellent reference document on the things needed to make sure your e-mails (particularly those e-mail marketing blasts we often need to send) are constructed in a manner making them accessible for all.

It might help to read David Pierce’s article first because it will provide some data on the magnitude of e-mail which makes the second article all that more important.

Happy reading!

 

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