In this episode Wes and Scott dive into the very big topic of accessibility, from the basics and easy wins to best practices, tools, resources and more!
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6:00 - Basics
- What is accessibility?
- Amy Carney Tweet
- Tim Berners Lee Quote
- What types of disabilities are there?
- Tweet thread with lots of info
15:03 - How do you write accessible code (easy wins)?
- Clean HTML
- Semantic elements
- Use the alt attribute on images
- HTML5 (article, section, header, footer, aside)
- Proper inputs types - number, text,
- CSS order property on Flexbox and Grid
- Colors and proper contrast
- Use links and buttons properly
- Use ARIA roles to define elements when semantic HTML falls flat (popups, non-standard controls, etc.)
- Keyboard only navigation
- Skip to content
- "Skip Navigation" Links
- a11y ESLint rules
- Video captions for ESL
- Transcripts for Podcasts
44:48 - Tools
- Lighthouse - Audits tab in Chrome dev tools
- Inclusive Design Posters
- HTML Code Sniffer
- Pa11y runs code sniffer from the CLI
- Accessibility features in OS
- Screen Readers
54:35 - Resources
62:22 - Important Ideas
- Use your website with accessibility tools turned on
- Sit with someone using a screen reader
- Amy Carney's Tweet
- Mike Behnke Tweet
- moose of letters' Tweet