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How to improve accessibility of overlay windows – part 2

Published
21st October 2014
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Gosia Mlynarczyk
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How to improve accessibility of overlay windows – part 2

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

Published
30th September 2014
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Gosia Mlynarczyk
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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.

7 web accessibility myths

Published
26th July 2012
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Gosia Mlynarczyk
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7 web accessibility myths

Web accessibility is not a new concept. The Web Accessibility Initiative was launched back in 1997, and yet 15 years later it is still a widely ignored and neglected aspect of web development. There are many deep-rooted misconceptions about accessibility which prevent people from making a conscious effort to incorporate it into their websites. Let’s take a closer look at the top 7 web accessibility myths.