In the first part of this article, I've discussed keyboard accessibility issues which are often found in overlay windows, and which affect both sighted keyboard users and screen reader users. Apart from keyboard accessibility issues, dialogs can be tricky to use for screen reader users for few other reasons. Luckily, there are some aria roles and attributes which can help to make interacting with overlay windows easier for people using screen readers.
How to improve the accessibility of overlay windows – part 1
Lightbox, modal window, dialog, overlay… There are many names used to describe a component with the same (or very similar) functionality. For the purpose of this article, I will use these terms interchangeably to refer to a window which is triggered by the user, appears on top of the viewed page overlaying other content, and which must be acknowledged by the user before they can come back to the main page area.
The judgement heuristic, or why the Scottish Referendum voting turnout was so high
In the last few months, the country has been gripped by the prospect of Scotland voting to become independent from the rest of the UK. Whether you believed one way or another many of you will have been interested in the outcome in some way.
The Elements of Search – Part 1
Search is becoming ever more popular (3.5. billion searches a day on Google) and its capability is becoming increasingly deep and powerful. It has the ability – and responsibility – to provide a complete navigation solution, rather than a back-up or as one option of many.
10 reasons to attend Interact London
Interact London is a UX design conference bringing together leading speakers with talks that will explore the importance of design and the roles that User Experience and Information Architecture play in today's digital society.
Here's 10 reasons you should definitely attend!
An introduction to Interact London
Interact London 2014 is a new event we’re launching on the 9th & 10th of October, at RIBA in London. The event is an exciting opportunity to bring together those not only in the user experience and information architecture community, but also creative heads, technologists, strategic thinkers and business leaders.
What is perfect design? A new designer’s perspective
When we’re children we create purely for ourselves, experimenting without people's opinions impacting our designs. The next challenge we face is to create for others.
Industry commentary: Reading, writing, arithmetic, coding?
Following the implementation of a raft of changes to the national curriculum, children starting primary school from today will be taught how to write computer code.
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