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Does the <body> rule the mind or does the mind rule the <body>?

Accessible Content – Part 3: Structuring the Page with semantic Elements

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When your name’s with the best
Will my name be on your guest list?

Morrissey, “Lucky Lisp”

Some contents require special structure and preparation. These should then also be packaged in the HTML elements provided for this purpose. Every text editor of a modern content management system or blog software helps you to do this without having to understand the exact syntax.

Accessible Content – Part 2: Headings for a better Page Structure

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Steely blue eyes
With no love in them
Scan The World

Morrissey, “America is not the World”

You should be breaking up large texts in smaller chunks with headings!

Your contents should be grouped hierarchically and thematically with headings and subheadings. This creates a clear table of contents for the page and facilitates navigation on the page. As soon as a new paragraph is started, a suitable heading should be considered. This makes it easier to roughly “scan” the text.

Accessibility Issues concerning Windows High Contrast Mode

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And in the darkened underpass
I thought oh God, my chance has come at last
(but then a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn’t ask)

The Smiths, “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”

There is more to Web Accessibility than screen readers and machine readability. One of the more excotic topics there is user preferences via operating system or user generated style sheets. The more commonly known was introduced by Microsoft with Windows 7:

Windows High Contrast Mode (Win HCM).

A Presentation on Progressive Enhancement

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Why pamper life’s complexity
When the leather runs smooth
On the passenger’s seat?

The Smiths, “This Charming Man”

Here is a little presentation of a talk I recently held to my colleagues on Progressive Enhancement. It was made to convince my backend oriented fellow developers to implement stuff the right way with some best practice frontend technique.

Bookmarklet “Markup Pollution Checker”

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All men have secrets and here is mine so let it be known
For we have been through hell and high tide

The Smiths, “What Difference Does It Make?”

Did you ever find unwanted stuff in your programtically genrerated markup that you considered pollution and wanted to locate and erase? Here is a little helper for you.