All posts by Matt Lawson

Technical delivery document

Published
20th August 2014
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Matt Lawson
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Technical delivery document

A Technical Delivery Document is designed to aid the client's understanding of the way we work and what the outcome is on the end user. We feel it is beneficial to try and communicate our approach at the start of a project and better manage the client's expectations at the same time.

Checking colour contrast

Published
11th October 2011
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Matt Lawson
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Checking colour contrast

This is a quick guide on how to check the colour contrast on your website. A simple way to check colour combinations meet the requirements set by version two of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Opening links in a new window

Published
20th July 2011
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Matt Lawson
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Opening links in a new window

Links that opened in a new window have always been a sticky point when it comes to accessibility; ever since the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 were released way back in 1999. These guidelines made it clear that pop-up windows should be avoided whenever possible. However, there are occasions when opening a new window or tab cannot be avoided. If this is the case, we can avoid confusing or disorientating the users by providing a textual indicator.

Using the lang attribute

Published
27th April 2011
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Matt Lawson
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Using the lang attribute

The third in a series of How To guides from Nomensa. Matt Lawson, Web Developer at Nomensa discusses how to use the lang attribute to specify the language of your website and individual elements on a page.

Accessible forms using jQuery's Validation plug-in

Published
2nd December 2010
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Matt Lawson
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Accessible forms using jQuery's Validation plug-in

This post looks at how we can begin to deliver a better experience for our users when it comes to displaying form errors. As jQuery is my preferred library of choice and the Validation plug-in provides an excellent starting point, we will use them both to form the basis of this article.

Using CSS focus pseudo class

Published
5th January 2009
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Matt Lawson
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Using CSS focus pseudo class

Focus is one of the lesser used Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) pseudo-classes. People familiar with CSS should be aware of the more commonly used pair, link and visited, but will often find that the focus and active pseudo-classes have been missed out. This article aims to explain why they are important and how they can be used to enhance your site.