All posts by Matt Lawson

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.

Tables, more than just rows and cells

Published
1st May 2008
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Matt Lawson
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Tables, more than just rows and cells

Structuring tables correctly is an important step in developing an accessible website but sadly it is rarely achieved. Many website developers do not realise the importance of creating accessible tables in their designs and, time after time, I find myself auditing pages with tables that fail due to lack of basic table structure.

With this in mind, I am hoping to pass on some quick, simple tips for creating tables. This is by no means an extensive list of table attributes, but those which are required to make a simple table accessible for all users.