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Fix web accessibility systematically

Web accessibility is incredibly important. The web is the prime medium for information, education, entertainment, and social interaction. And it still is incredibly inaccessible to many people. According to WebAIM’s assessment of one million home pages , 97.4% of them had easily …
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Buttons vs. Links

Should some links look like buttons, or should some buttons look like links? Twitter was all up in arms about this issue this week. Let’s take a look to see what these two UI elements are and what they do, and then, how they can look. What are links? Links are interactive …

Media that helped me through 2020

We all needed distraction in 2020. Here are some of my highlights, so maybe you find something to enjoy from the list. Podcasts Unfortunately no podcasts listed have transcripts. The inaccessibility of podcasts is a really big problem. Tech Relay FM  is a podcast network …

Welcome 2021

I’m so glad we’re in 2021, and I hope it gets to be better than 2020. For me personally, 2020 was a successful year, especially considering the circumstances we all had to work with. The year took off quite ordinary. My workshop at  a11y.club  in Berlin the previous …

Updating Node.js on a Raspberry Pi Zero

As the  Raspberry Pi Zero  is based on an older processor technology, the Node.js core team does not provide compiled binaries of newer versions. Here’s a quick guide on how to update anyway. I use my  Raspberry Pi Zero  mainly for  Homebridge , a way to …

Inclusive Design Seminar

On September 3, I will hold an online seminar about Inclusive Design, hosted by Knowbility. The subtitle is “The Big Picture” as it continues my quest to connect all the dots between accessibility, design, inclusion, and society. Find a full description of the seminar on …

Better Online Presentations

Here are some tips I have gathered from doing online Zoom talks since 2015. I hope they help with your talk. Sound Zoom compresses the sound in meetings to send it to attendees more, so investing into sound gear should not be the highest priority. That said, clear, intelligible …

Christopher Schmitt

My colleague Christopher Schmitt passed away. He was one of the most extraordinary people I have been allowed to meet. I met Christopher in person for the first time when I spoke at  AccessU Online in 2015 . He was organizing the conference and his warm welcome made me …

Hello 11ty!

As a web developer, it is incredibly hard to just be happy with one’s website. You want to improve, and you want to make it better, always. When I worked on this site the last time — apart from content updates, of course — I moved from  Jekyll  to  Kirby . Now I …

ARIA Serious?! @ technica11y

On Wednesday, October 2, I will do an online talk for  technica11y . The talk will cover common ARIA pitfalls and how to avoid them. It is free, thanks to the support by  tenon.io . It is an updated talk from the one I gave several times before but it is always nice to …

Connecting the Accessibility Dots

On November 17, 2019, I’ll hold a workshop in Berlin as a part of  Accessibility Club Summit 2019 . Tickets are just €50. In this new workshop I want to help people wo have an understanding of specific parts of accessibility to get a better understanding on where this fits …

“Open in Overcast” Bookmarklet

I use Overcast for my daily podcasting needs. Sometimes I stumble upon new podcasts and I quickly want to add an episode to Overcast for sampling the podcast. Unfortunately there often is no link to the Overcast URL directly on the page despite Overcast having decent web …