Thoughts on accessibility

As a person who mainly works on small teams, I always felt guilty of making accessibility a lower priority. The reasons were multiple and it’s hard to blame someone else other than me.

Over time, I read lots of good articles on accessibility but couple of months ago, I stumbled upon this incredible article by Tuukka Ojala. Both incredible and inspiring, that article remained stuck in my head and hopefully will change the way I write HTML and not only.

Accessibility

I made the switch to catalin.red

I’ve never been a big fan of my very own domain name. Besides the fact that it was quite long, I really hated the hyphens for red-team-design.com.

Two hyphens, the mistakes of my youth.

Switch red-team-design.com to catalin.red

Visually validate an input field using CSS

While working on this site, I tried to improve my email subscription box a little bit. The idea was to enable the action button only when the user types something in the email input. So I found a way to use :placeholder-shown CSS pseudo-class in an attempt to visually validate an input before form submission.

Simple form with an email input and a subscribe button

Designing websites for iPhone X, they say

Upon the iPhone X release, I did enjoy the jokes and memes on Jony Ive and his notch haircut, or how to implement a scrolling list that shifts to avoid the notch. Those were funny. But the below excerpt from latest WebKit post on “Designing websites for iPhone X” isn’t.

… selectively apply padding to elements that contain important content, in order to ensure that they are not obscured by the shape of the screen.

Designing websites for iPhone X. How about no.

CSS utility classes for sizing and naming conventions

It happens pretty often to encounter situations when you don’t like a default style for an HTML element. The methodology that has proven to be reliable over time is to use the so-called CSS utility classes. Their purpose is to allow you to quickly make HTML classes adjustments until the result looks just right.

CSS utility classes for sizing and naming conventions

New AWR website

Last month we’ve launched the new Advanced Web Ranking website and I wrote some lines on how we did it. It’s mostly about the workflow and tools that helped us in order to achieve a faster and more accessible website.

Advanced Web Ranking redesign

Always strive to improve yourself

Yeah I know the title is a cliche but I just couldn’t help it. Everyone could be a little better, but the thing is that some people don’t even try.

Getting better

AWRStudyr Chrome extension or what I've been up to lately

If you’d ask me what I’ve been up lately, I’d say: working, reading, learning - pretty much just like you, I guess. The thing is it’s been a while since I wrote something here and my first article this year is about AWRstudyr, a Chrome extension I’ve been working lately and it’s something I’ve put lots of effort into it.

AWRstudyr screenshot

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