All posts by Emily Coward

What is a pattern portfolio?

Published
3rd June 2014
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Emily Coward
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What is a pattern portfolio?

A pattern portfolio acts as a reference, not only for developers but for anyone working on the front-end of a website. It is a “living” body of front-end code and documentation for a website which is updated as and when a site develops during its lifetime.

Text Resizing Tips

Published
25th February 2013
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Emily Coward
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Text Resizing Tips

Tips for making sure people can resize the text on your website with content becoming lost or obscured.

Movement on a website: 5 things to consider

Published
30th November 2011
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Emily Coward
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Movement on a website: 5 things to consider

Websites are all about getting people to find and interact with content as quickly as possible. But how do you encourage people to engage with certain pieces of content above others? Some websites choose to do this by adding movement to the content.

Keyboard accessibility quick tip

Published
22nd August 2011
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Emily Coward
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Keyboard accessibility quick tip

A quick accessibility tip to help you make sure your web pages aren't reliant on someone using just a mouse and can be operated by someone using a keyboard instead.

Accessible Tabs - Part 2: The Solution

Published
4th April 2011
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Emily Coward
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Accessible Tabs - Part 2: The Solution

As we saw in Accessible Tabs Part 1 - The Problem, there are several accessibility issues with tabs created for the web compared to those created for use in software applications. Tabs on the web should ideally replicate the functionality used in applications, so they are more intuitive for everyone. In this article we will look at three existing scripts for creating accessible tabs.

Accessible Tabs - Part 1: The Problem

Published
7th March 2011
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Emily Coward
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Accessible Tabs - Part 1: The Problem

Tabs are a well recognised feature of many of today’s websites. Websites such as the BBC, Yahoo and the National Autistic Society all use tabs to utilise the space on their pages by showing more content in a smaller area. The use of tabs on the web is still a relatively new feature which has only really become popular in the last few years. This surge in popularity is mainly due to the introduction of JavaScript libraries such as jQuery which make it extremely easy to add tabs to a website.

Order of Content

Published
7th March 2011
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Emily Coward
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Order of Content

The second installment from Nomensa's How To guides. Emily Coward, Senior Web Developer at Nomensa discusses the importance of making sure the order of content on a website is logical to ensure that it makes sense when it's read through from top to bottom by someone using a screen reader.