Links to files can be a surprise for users, especially those who cannot use, do not notice, or do not have the status bar to show a link destination. Some users may appreciate knowing a link points to a file, sometimes even a particular file.
21st January 2020
There's an impressive depth of consideration here for such a visually small component. For bonus points, substitute toast(s) for any other website feature you can think of:
Toasts are a pattern best used carefully and only after testing with users — your users and their technologies. If you opt to build toasts, be certain your timelines account for accessibility testing. If you instead use toasts from a third-party, then be even more certain your timelines account for accessibility testing and potentially changing to a different third party solution.
2nd October 2019
29th August 2019
The hamburger menu is so engrained in the minds of clients and those that make websites, it's not going anywhere anytime soon. That's a shame as the stats speak for themselves:
hidden navigation (hamburger menu) significantly decreases user experience both on mobile and desktop. On mobile, people used the hidden navigation in 57% of the cases, and the combo navigation in 86% of the cases, i.e. 1.5 times more!
If you want your content to be seen, reduce the barriers to entry.
- Obey the Law of Locality
- ABD: Anything But Dropdowns
- Pass the Squint Test
- Teach by example
30th May 2019
A thorough dive into the implementation of accessible icon buttons.
Ah, the ol' hamburger icon:
Putting aside the UX side of the coin and whether or not an icon alone is enough to convey meaning and functionality to users, many implementations of these buttons today lack the proper accessibility that makes them meaningful to users of assistive technologies.
29th May 2019
A natty little tool for generating accessibile text colours from a user-defined background colour.
28th May 2019
An impressively thorough browser extension for analysing webpage accessibility. Wish it was available for Firefox, but worth opening Chrome for.