Victor Tsaran and I recently visited Tech on the Edge, a community channel production in Palo Alto, to discuss accessibility applications for the iPhone. We had a great time and felt like we could’ve easily filled a whole hour. That’s what happens when you point a camera at two hams like us.
The program was produced by Zbigniew Stanczyk and filmed at the lovely studios just outside of Palo Alto.
This post follows a presentation I gave at the Mobile+Web Conference in Boston, July 2013. This deals specifically with the impact of providing focusability in mobile applications, whether iOS, Android, or web applications. Each platform provides unique methods and requirements.
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Complex forms should use a fieldset and legend to group similar inputs. The legend is announced along with label text for each input. This is especially helpful when form inputs are repetitive, such as mailing, billing, and work address information.
This example fixes a form that included a form within a table. It uses the aria-describedby attribute to connect the individual form inputs with a header cell. It was inspired by DeQue’s recent article for using ARIA to replace fieldset/legend in a set of radio buttons: ARIA-Group: a viable alternative for Fieldset / Legend?.
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Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is overwhelming me with typography details. Today I came across a description of using small caps for abbreviations, which inspired me to come up with this snippet for state abbreviations.
For abbreviations and acronyms in the midst of normal text, use spaced small caps
Many typographers prefer to use small caps for postal abbreviations (San Francisco, CA, 94119, and for geographical acronyms longer than two letters. Thus, the USA, or in Spanish, los EEUU, and Sydney, NSW.
The Elements of Typographic Style – Robert Bringhurst page 48
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