Making websites that work for all people, on a wide range of devices, is key to doing the web right. Some people access the web using a screenreader. Some use only a mouse, and not a keyboard. Others use only a keyboard, and not a mouse. People use their voices to control devices. We can't make any assumptions, and should create robust sites that work for everyone.

Episode 91 Designing for Crisis with Eric Meyer

January 9, 2015

Too often, websites are designed with only the ideal user in mind — a typical person, in great health and sound mind, happy to be on your website doing a thing. In reality we humans exist in a variety of states, including panic, fear and reacting to a crisis. How could our sites be better, considering the needs of people in crisis? What are the consequences when we don't acknowledge the impact of our design decisions? Eric Meyer joins Jen Simmons to talk about his last year and a half, what he learned, and what he's thinking.

In This Episode

  • When should we think about users in crisis?
  • What are the needs of a person in crisis?
  • How Facebook and Twitter affect human relationship with their design decisions — for better or worse

Episode 77 Advanced Accessibility with Derek Featherstone

July 17, 2014

What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to making a website fully accessible? Keyboard access and form design can make some of the biggest differences, and present some of the biggest challenges. Derek Featherstone joins Jen Simmons to explain.

In This Episode

  • Keyboard accessibility
  • Making accessibility a project requirement
  • How design is impacted by accessibility concerns
  • Accessible forms
  • To hide content, or not to hide content
  • Placeholders, viewports, zooming and much more

Episode 74 HTML Semantics with Bruce Lawson

June 18, 2014

HTML5 brought more semantic elements to HTML. How's that going? Why should developers use semantic HTML? Bruce Lawson joins Jen Simmons to discuss HTML, semantics, accessibility, ARIA roles, microformats, microdata, RDFa, web components and more.

Episode 69 WCAG and Accessibility with Luke McGrath

May 1, 2014

Walk through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 with Luke McGrath and Jen Simmons.

Episode 64 Accessibility with Dale Cruse

March 26, 2014

What's the deal with accessibility and why should we care? How do we make our websites accessible? Dale Cruse joins Jen Simmons to discuss what it takes to make a website for everyone.

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