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Better accessible names | hidde.blog

Accessible names are used by assistive technologies to refer to elements on a web page. Hidde tells us how to word them so that they are more useful.

Because of how we use accessible names, we want to keep them functional and avoid naming controls after what they look like. Ideally, you do this in the imperative form, that makes it easiest to quickly grasp what a thing is going to do.

Using the :has pseudo-class for real

By day I’m currently working on our Design System’s Table component. In order to achieve a design spec where the table has no bottom-border I needed to set:

  1. all cells in the final row of the <tfoot> to have no bottom-border; but also
  2. if there is no <tfoot> then set all cells in the final row of the <tbody> to have no bottom-border.

Modern CSS’s support for writing selectors which traverse the DOM up, down and sideways is pretty amazing here.

How to Fix Common iOS Accessibility Issues | Deque

Although I don’t work on native apps, I’ve recently been wondering about how accessibility considerations for them compare to those for websites. So this is a timely and useful reference.

iOS provides a lot of accessibility behavior for free, so it’s a great start to making a mobile application accessible. Unfortunately, accessibility is more complicated than the iOS behavior can address, and using only default behavior can actually cause the app to have additional issues.

Tabs: truth, fiction and practical measures

My colleague Anda and I just had a good conversation about tabs, and specifically the company’s tabs component. I’ve mentioned before that our tabs are unconventional and potentially confusing, and Anda was interested to hear more.

Editable table cells

Yesterday the Design System team received a tentative enquiry regarding making table cells editable. I’m not yet sure whether or not this is a good idea – experience and spidey sense tell me it’s not – but regardless I decided to start exploring so as to base my answer on facts and avoid being overly cautious.

Brilliant first day at We Out Here 2022

Had such a good day yesterday @weoutherefest with Tom, Jason and Craig. In the afternoon we checked Enny, Sally Rodgers (A Man Called Adam) and Aletha. We then stopped for a short break to sample the food and drink (Char Sui Vermicelli from the NAM stall and a break from beer for a cracking coffee). Our nighttime choices were Bake, Charlie Dark, Pearson Sound and Alex Nut.

The absolute highlight was Charlie Dark in the forest. Amazing woodland setting and a killer set! Charlie has such great energy both on the decks and on the mic. He played a mix of house, techno, disco and broken biznizz – right up my street! Great mixing too (aided by his old-school lollipop headphone).

Time for Round Two!

Use CSS :has to set root-level styles based on a button’s state

Great tip here from Jhey. He advises using a button with ARIA and a little JavaScript for your dark-mode toggle. And to apply the dark styles, use a CSS selector which targets the :root parent of the button when in “pressed” state and sets a root-level custom property to “on”.

:root:has([aria-pressed=true]) {
--dark:1;
}

Experimenting with CSS cascade layers

Back in June I attended CSS Day in Amsterdam. One of my favourite talks was The CSS Cascade – A Deep Dive by Bramus van Damme. Bramus covered everything we wanted to know about the cascade but were afraid to ask! And that included an introduction to CSS Cascade Layers – the latest game-changing CSS feature.

We use too many damn modals (modalz modalz modalz dot com)

At our fortnightly Accessibility Forum at work, we just had a great discussion about modal dialogues. We started by discussing whether focus should be completely trapped within the modal or if the user should at least have access to the browser toolbar (we decided on the former). We then moved onto a general discussion on the pros and cons of modals, which led me to share MODALZ MODALZ MODALZ with the team.

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