Web accessibility

September 8th, 2013

Progressive enhancement still matters: Getting the JavaScript balance right

In the last ten years browsers have evolved from document viewers to advanced application runtime engines. Does this mean that we should abandon progressive enhancement and server-based processing for fat client applications built with JavaScript?

August 16th, 2012

What makes a good web service API?

On the face of it, the demands of a good web service interface are pretty much the same as for any other API. You just need to make it useful, reliable, easy to use and fast. However, public-facing APIs are forever so it’s vital that you get it right the first time.

September 22nd, 2011

If Microsoft are pushing HTML5 for Windows 8 where does this leave Silverlight?

All change for Microsoft developers. Again. The new Visual Studio developer preview demonstrates that Microsoft are serious about promoting HTML5 and JavaScript as a primary application development platform for Windows 8.

April 22nd, 2009

Web page size and browser performance – why it still matters

Web page optimisation has become a ‘lost art’, despite the relationship between link between page performance and conversion rates.

August 3rd, 2008

The most commonly made mistakes of inaccessible web sites

Accessibility isn’t just about meeting the priorities of the WAI checklist – you genuinely need to understand why you are making websites accessible as well as how it helps people to use them.

April 3rd, 2008

Web accessibility: the UK legal and policy context

The legal and policy context for web accessibility in the UK can be confusing, mainly because the legislation in the area has not been clear and there is a lack of explicit guidance.

February 12th, 2008

Using the DIV tag to display columns rather than tables

The TABLE element may provide a convenient way of producing stable layouts, but the W3C WAI guidelines are pretty clear that tables are for displaying tabular information, not for arranging page content.