The Home Link Dilemma: Who Wins? Design or Accessibility!

The Home Link Dilemma: Who Wins? Design or Accessibility!

The idea for this article came when I was trying to figure out how to get to the homepage of a website. During my research, I navigated several pages deep, but when I attempted to return to the homepage, I couldn’t find the home link. I used the link list shortcut in the screen reader…

Input Type ‘date’: The Accessibility of HTML Date Picker

Input Type ‘date’: The Accessibility of HTML Date Picker

As a screen reader user, I always dread finding a date picker that is not accessible on the website where I need to fill out forms. Whether it is used to collect a birth date or when booking a ticket on air travel or hotel booking sites, often these date pickers are not accessible and…

From Headers to Footers: Creating Accessible Experience with Landmarks

From Headers to Footers: Creating Accessible Experience with Landmarks

The idea for this article sparked during a recent prep for a training program. I was collaborating with another accessibility professional on presentation slides when the topic of landmarks and their significance for screen reader users came up. My co-speaker pointedly asked, “Raghav, I’ve never noticed you emphasizing the importance of landmarks or using them…

Does the HTML hr (horizontal Rule) Benefit Screen Reader Users?

Does the HTML hr (horizontal Rule) Benefit Screen Reader Users?

A conversation with a fellow accessibility subject matter expert led me to contemplate this topic. While working on the design aspects of DigitalA11Y, I encountered the separator block in the Gutenberg editor which utilizes an <hr> tag. For screen reader users, this tag is being read as a separator. The discussion revolved around whether the…

External links: In or Out

External links: In or Out

Large part of today’s web is currently built on modern content management systems that enable developers, designers, and content authors to decide the functionality of the components at global and at the page level. All the content creation is done in WYSWYG editors.  It is the designers and the content author’s responsibility to ensure which…

Accessible Date Pickers Roundup
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Accessible Date Pickers Roundup

The most frequently discussed topics among developers, designers, and accessibility professionals relate to the accessibility of calendar widgets. While it is not difficult to make a calendar widget accessible, there are still instances where date pickers are inaccessible and cannot be used by assistive technologies. While it is always possible to provide alternative methods of…