1. Modal window focus management

    Written by on August 23, 2013 in Development

    Modal windows are up in this week’s Best Practice of the Week (BPOW): For what appears to be such a simple concept, modal windows create incredibly complex interactions on the web. For users that rely on devices and software other than a mouse to navigate, the complexity is increased.

  2. Animations are fun, but not for everyone

    Written by on August 14, 2013 in Development

    Our Best Practice of the Week (BPOW) looks at an often unknown area of accessibility: animations that have an adverse effect on a variety of people. Recent updates to CSS and JavaScript have made it really easy to implement fun, engaging animations on a web page. Be it CSS transitions or keyframes, or the latest jQuery SVG animation framework, one thing to keep in mind is your animation may make the user uncomfortable.

  3. Capitalization matters

    Written by on August 8, 2013 in Content, Design

    We look at content in this issue of our Best Practice of the Week (BPOW): It’s easy to forget that a couple of letters share different meanings until you hear them in a screenreader.

  4. ESC key to close modals & menus

    Written by on July 30, 2013 in Development

    We look at some JavaScript best practice in this week’s Best Practice of the Week (BPOW). Using the Esc key to close toggle-able widgets such as modals and pop-over menus is becoming so prevalent in user interfaces that it’s usually expected by users. The concept is so simple that there’s no reason not to add it into your websites and web applications.