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Sunday Seven for April 29, 2018

Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini (The Guardian) Internationalization is hard, now you have to fit in a country with a lower case first letter. Meaning “place of the Swazi”, eSwatini is the Swazi language name for the tiny state landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. Unlike some countries, Swaz... read more

Hyphenation, Languages and Code

Jeremy posted a solution for multi-language sites where you want to switch hyphenation on when the page language is set to (for example) German: [lang="de"] { hyphens: auto; } This works great until you have code on the page. Even if we have word-wrapping for code enabled (and we should on ... read more

Sunday Seven for April 8, 2018

I’ve been on vacation for a bit, which was incredibly relaxing. Some pictures are available on Instagram (for now – I need an indie web solution for this). Professionalism: Design’s Lost Generation (Mike Monteiro, Medium) — Everyone who helps to produce a product is a designer, every decision counts. It’s importan... read more

On the #A11y Rules Podcast

Nic @vavroom Steenhout (Blog) invited me to his #A11y Rules Podcast. We talked about my work with Knowbility and the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and how I got into accessibility. Nic’s podcast is short and sweet, so you don’t have to listen to me waffling on f... read more

Sunday Seven for March 18, 2018

I’m in San Diego where I’ll attend the W3C WAI Education and Outreach WG Face-to-Face meeting, and CSUN, the biggest accessibility conference. It’s always amazing to be able to work with my colleagues in one room and to meet all accessibility experts in one place. Beta: W3C/WA... read more

Sunday Seven for March 11, 2018

This was a long work week, so here are some games and apps instead of articles as I couldn’t find time to concentrate on pieces. TV: Jessica Jones, Season 2 – While work was plenty, some of it was also repetitive, so I managed to watch the new Season of Jessica Jone... read more

Sunday Seven for March 4, 2018

In Sunday Seven I publish a list of seven links to things on the internet. The only criteria to make it in this category is that it is interesting to me. Accessibility: Apple Park’s Visitor Center by twitter user @xarph – An interesting twitter thread about the many small details buil... read more

Is this thing still on?

Let’s wipe some dust off this old blog, shall we? There’s a lot to do, including accessibility fixes, but sometimes you just have to start somewhere. read more

My #ID24 talk

On Friday, I was invited to talk at #ID24 about WAI-ARIA, with a special focus on the ramifications of bad ARIA. You can view the slides or watch the video. read more

Speaking at Inclusive Design 24 #ID24

I am thrilled to be speaking at the annual Inclusive Design 24 event on June 9th. At 5 am UTC time (that is 7 am CEST), I’ll speak about my growing frustrations of ARIA implementations in the wild. The talk is called “ARIA Serious.” Check the event website for a schedule in your t... read more

Web Accessibility Tutorials updated

As many of you might know, I have been the primary editor of the W3C WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials which provide practical guidance on how to implement web accessibility. A few days ago, the Education and Outreach Working Group and I were able to publish a major update. We ... read more

Teaching at AccessU 2017

Next month I will continue the tradition of flying over to Austin, TX, USA to attend the annual AccessU conference and teach some classes. Organized by Knowbility, the conference is a gathering of brilliant minds around accessibility and is an excellent opportunity to broaden your accessibility knowledge. Here’s an ov... read more

:focus-ring

Great video over at the Google Chrome Developers channel about the upcoming CSS Level 4 :focus-ring selector (draft). The focus is often removed for stylistic reasons when using the mouse, but then keyboard users also have no indication of where they are on the website. :focus-ring solves that issue. https://www.... read more

My personal review of the 2016 MacBook Pro

In 2006 I got my first Mac ever, the 2006 Apple MacBook “Core Duo” 1.83 13”. After owning a humongous Acer 15” Laptop in the previous years, the experience of owning this computer was something from another world. Since 2013 I owned a 13” MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and an 1.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor and while I lo... read more

Aleppo

Over the last year, the name of a city is coming up in German news more often than I like it to be: Aleppo. It is not just a city involved in the war in Syria, it is the scene of a standoff that is lasting for months. This city, ... read more

Speaking at… Accessing Higher Ground

I’m happy to announce here that I will be speaking at Accessing Higher Ground in November, representing Knowbility. The conference is in Westminster, Colorado and coins itself as an “Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference”. I will do two three-hour long workshops: Advanced Accessibility: A Deep Dive for DevelopersTuesday, Nov. 1... read more

The web accessibility basics – Marco's Accessibility Blog

I always thought that it is not so difficult to find resources about these basics, the recurrence of that question prompted me to finally write my own take on this topic. So here it is, my list of absolute web accessibility basics every web developer should know about. A very ... read more

My Facebook Time-Out

Over the past years my social web interaction shifted from Twitter and this very blog more and more to Facebook. I have so many contacts and interactions there that it feels very overwhelming and occupying a good chunk of my free time that I would love to spend otherwise: Hiking ... read more

2015 in Review

Wowza, that was a densely packed year 2015 for me. Here is my short,long, personal review of the year: January Slow start into the year, attended a reading by Max Goldt at Zeche Carl (Carl Mine), a former mine and now event location, and even got a poster signed (yes, ... read more