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Using Narrator dev mode

Narrator is the integrated screen reader for Windows 10. The August 2nd Windows 10 Anniversary update introduces several new Narrator features, including a Narrator mode designed specifically for developers.

And yet somehow we’re all still here

When my friend Tim Norris posted this to Facebook recently, it made me stop and think. One of those “thinks” was that his words were worth sharing, so here (with Tim’s permission) they are…

Understanding semantics

Эта статья на русском The word “semantic” is regularly used in the context of web development. We talk about “semantic code” and the “semantics” of a given element, but what do we really mean by it, and why is it important?

Proposed ARIA password role

Let me ask you a question: Would you enter your password into a password field, if you couldn’t be confident it was protected from being viewed by other people? The answer is probably not, but a proposed ARIA role could put screen reader users in exactly this position.

Using the ARIA application role

Traduction française The ARIA application role changes the way screen readers interact with web content. Several good articles explain (rightly) why the application role should be used with caution, but this post looks at a use case where the application role is used to good effect.

Flexbox & the keyboard navigation disconnect

CSS Flexbox can create a disconnect between the DOM order and visual presentation of content, causing keyboard navigation to break. For this reason, the CSS Flexible Box Layout module warns against resequencing content logic, but asking authors not to use flexbox in this way seems illogical in itself.