Bryan Garaventa discusses the changes proposed in the new W3C Candidate Recommendation for ARIA 1.1 in a four part series, beginning with Differences between ARIA 1.0 and 1.1: Deprecations & Additions.
Nielsen Norman Group call out a few big website owners in their recent article Top 10 Enduring Web-Design Mistakes.
Your Body Text Is Too Small says Christian Miller, and he's probably right. He makes some good points about legibility versus readability and provides some examples of top sites that use pretty large text sizes on their sites.
Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility - six useful infographics to help guide your decision making when it comes to accessibility considerations for deaf, dyslexic and blind users and those with autistism and motor-disabilities.
If you have no idea what it's like to deal with Dyslexia, here's a simulation that demonstrates the sort of challenges a dyslexic person may face on a web page.
It may have been an April Fools' joke but the message can still be read in reverse and appreciated. The Nielsen Norman Group produced a cracker of an article called Difficult Designs Are Better (for Humanity) that highlighted various usability concerns, like how important it is to challenge your visitors by making navigation "joyfully suprising" and give nothing away upfront and instead force your users to go deeper on your site to find more. Brilliant!
In How to Make Videos Accessible for Blind, Disabled Users, Joe Dolson discusses things like audio description (to describe visual-only events), the difference between captions and subtitles and the accessibility of the video player (can it be used by keyboard only and other assistive technologies).
If legal action is the only way to make the web more accessible, so be it
...says Karl Groves in his revisited article about what to do if you get sued for having an inaccessible website. The article may have an American slant, what with advice to
lawyer up, but the general advice is to get your website fixed.
SuperPNG is a free, open source plug-in for Photoshop that lets you save transparent PNG images to the absolute minimum file size. Works a treat.
Design Principles for Reducing Cognitive Load is a useful reminder of the considerations to be aware of when designing the interface to your new web app. In summary, your goal is always to make things simple, reduce the end-user's burden by limiting their choices and making it explicitly clear what you expect them to do.