A List Apart


Topic: Accessibility

  • A Backward Compatible Style Switcher

    by Daniel Ludwin · Issue 136 ·

    You asked for it, you’ve got it: an Open Source alternate style sheet switcher that actually works in Netscape 4. No, really. Daniel Ludwin shows how it’s done.

  • Accessibility, Web Standards, and Authoring Tools

    by Christopher Schmitt · Issue 141 ·

    With the advent of more compliant web browsers, the quest for standards shifts to the tools pros use to build sites. Christopher Schmitt spoke with Adobe and Macromedia for the low-down on web standards, accessibility, and authoring tools.

  • SMIL When You Play That

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 101 ·

    A gentle introduction to the SVG and SMIL standards for programmable vector graphics and accessible rich media.

  • Accessibility: the Politics of Design

    by Alan Herrell · Issue 94 ·

    Herrell deconstructs the new U.S. accessibility regulations and their implications for web designers everywhere.

  • From Table Hacks to CSS Layout: A Web Designer’s Journey

    by Jeffrey Zeldman · Issue 99 ·

    Redesigning A List Apart using CSS should have been easy. It wasn’t. The first problem was understanding how CSS actually works. The second was getting it to work in standards-compliant browsers. A journey of discovery.

  • A Dao of Web Design

    by John Allsopp · Issue 58 ·

    Web designers often bemoan the malleable nature of the web, which seems to defy our efforts at strict control over layout and typography. But maybe the problem is not the web. Maybe the problem is us. John Allsopp looks at web design through the prism of the Tao Te Ching, and decides that designers should let the web be the web.

  • Flash Access:  Unclear on the Concept

    by Joe Clark · Issue 90 ·

    Accessible Flash looks great on paper. But can Macromedia really pull it off? And do enough designers care? Joe Clark offers insight into Macromedia’s press release and poses questions for Macromedia to consider.

  • CSS Talking Points: Selling Clients on Web Standards

    by Greg Kise · Issue 116 ·

    Selling your clients on standards-compliant design doesn’t have to hurt. Kise's four-point CSS Selling Plan helps the medicine go down.

  • All the Access Money Can Buy

    by Joe Clark · Issue 114 ·

    Just when you think online multimedia will never be truly access, someone proves you wrong. In BMW Films, Clark sees a tantalizing glimpse of a better web.

  • This HTML Kills: Thoughts on Web Accessibility

    by Jim Byrne · Issue 98 ·

    Activist Jim Byrne sounds off on the importance of web accessibility, and the difficulty of doing it right.

  • Suckerfish Dropdowns

    by Dan Webb, Patrick Griffiths · Issue 162 ·

    Teach your smart little menus to do the DHTML dropdown dance without sacrificing semantics, accessibility, or standards compliance or writing clunky code.

  • Retooling Slashdot with Web Standards Part II

    by Daniel M. Frommelt · Issue 165 ·

    In Part I, we showed how Slashdot could save money and reduce bandwidth requirements by converting to semantic XHTML markup and CSS layout. In Part II, we explore how standards-compliant markup and deft use of CSS could make Slashdot and your sites play nicely in print and on handheld devices.

  • Accessible Pop-up Links

    by Caio Chassot · Issue 174 ·

    Sometimes we have to use pop-ups — so we might as well do them right. This article will show you how to make them more accessible and reliable while simplifying their implementation.

  • Power To The People: Relative Font Sizes

    by Bojan Mihelac · Issue 176 ·

    Relative font sizes may make websites more accessible — but they’re not much help unless the person using the site can find a way to actually change text size. Return control to your audience using this simple, drop-in solution.

  • Web Accessibility and UK Law: Telling It Like It Is

    by Trenton Moss · Issue 176 ·

    There’s been widespread speculation about the new legislation being introduced in the UK, which is intended to ensure that websites are accessible to people with disabilities. This article examines how these new laws will affect the way you design in the real world.

  • Let Them Eat Cake

    by Aaron Gustafson · Issue 177 ·

    A growing debate pits accessibility against usability. From our point of view, it’s like pitting peanut butter against jelly. This article helps you create a page that is both usable and accessible, saving readers the trouble of scrolling with a little help from JavaScript and the Document Object Model.

  • What Is Web Accessibility?

    by Trenton Moss · Issue 179 ·

    While the methods we use to create accessible websites can be complex, the essential principles are simple: consider the obstacles your site presents to users who approach it differently than you do, then remove as many of those obstacles as you can. Trenton Moss provides a quick overview.

  • Print It Your Way

    by Derek Featherstone · Issue 182 ·

    Because ALA’s readers are web users as well as designers and developers, we offer this tidbit from Derek Featherstone on creating user stylesheets to print articles to your own specifications.

  • Dynamic Text Replacement

    by Stewart Rosenberger · Issue 183 ·

    Let your server do the walking! Whether you’re replacing one headline or a thousand, Stewart Rosenberger’s Dynamic Text Replacement automatically swaps XHTML text with an image of that text, consistently displayed in any font you own. The markup is clean, semantic, and accessible. No CSS hacks are required, and you needn’t open Photoshop or any other image editor. Read about it today; use it on personal and commercial web projects tomorrow.