The difference between aria-label and aria-labelledby

Léonie Watson (@LeonieWatson) explains the difference between aria-label and aria-labelledby: The aria-label and aria-labelledby attributes are both used to give an element it’s accessible name. The difference between aria-label and aria-labelledby is where they get that piece of text, and the clue is in the name. The aria-label attribute gives an element its label; an […]

Semantically Identify a Heading Subtitle with ARIA role="doc-subtitle"

Over at CSS-Tricks, Chris takes a look at how to mark up a “Double Heading”, a common pattern where you have a big heading with a little one preceding/succeeding it (as pictured above). After going over a few options, the answer comes from a tweet by Steve Faulkner: use role="doc-subtitle" for the secondary heading. As […]

Making Facebook.com accessible to as many people as possible

With the new Facebook coming soon to all users, the developers saw an opportunity to build a11y in from the start: To make the new site more accessible, we were able to introduce guardrails right from the beginning, integrate focus management into the core infrastructure, support features that weren’t available when we built the original […]

React Spectrum – A collection of libraries and tools that help you build adaptive, accessible, and robust user experiences.

By Adobe: React Spectrum includes three libraries: React Spectrum — A React implementation of Spectrum, Adobe’s design system. React Aria — A library of React Hooks that provides accessible UI primitives for your design system. React Stately — A library of React Hooks that provides cross-platform state management and core logic for your design system. […]

Alternative text for CSS generated content

Great find by Stefan Judis: Today I learned that the content property supports a way to define alternative text for generated content. You can specify the alternative content after a /: .new::before { content: url(./img/star.png) / "New!"; } Here’s how that works with screen readers: .new-item::before { /* "black star" and element content is read […]

Guidelines for text fields design

Text fields are probably one of the most used interface components; contact forms, payment details, account creation, lead generation. Users definitely need to interact with text fields when using your product. The purpose of this post is to highlight some of the key guidelines which I follow when it comes to designing better text fields. […]

Methods for assigning an accessible name to a form control

Adrian Roselli: Too often folks will grab ARIA first to provide an accessible name for a thing. Or they may sprinkle hidden content around a form. In most cases the impact of those decisions is unknown. The assumption that they do the same thing, give the same output to all users, is wrong. In short, […]

You shall not open links in a new window or tab

Something we already knew, but that’s now written down by Adrian Roselli in a nice post: Regardless of what accessibility conformance level you target, do not arbitrarily open links in a new window or tab. If you are required to do so anyway, inform users in text. Great to see that the statement is backed […]

Debunking the Myth: Accessibility and React

Mark Steadman from Deque: React can be an accessible application framework with the right knowledge and the right know-how. The stigma that it is not an accessible framework is simply not true. It has some of the best built-in accessibility functionality there is out there, and a large community of accessibility advocates that are creating […]