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  1. I get so frustrated by all the “feminine” WP themes with pastel coloured fonts. Yes, by all means use soft colours on your website but, please, not for the text! (I think I’ve probably annoyed quite a few people by pointing this out… 😉 )

    • Ha! There is a very common misconception that using proper color contrast means UGLY COLOR COMBINATIONS. That doesn’t have to be true, though it does take some creativity to make it work. I would love to see a resource site (or maybe just a tag on ?) showing accessible color combinations for foreground/background.

      Keep preaching, Alice. 🙂

  2. I have to disagree about your skip links comments concerning screen reader users. Screen reader users have multiple options available to navigate web pages (e.g., headings, landmarks, etc.). Skips inks are most helpful for keyboard-only users. Imagine having to tab through the entire header and menu on every page just to get to the content.

    • Hey Denis,

      That’s awesome – Thank you!!


      p.s. If you ever feel like picking up the pen again (or keyboard), I’m part of a side project with a group of authors writing about accessibility and you’d be welcome to join us. I’m sure you need another side project. 🙂

  3. I like this post, but there is one thing I am sorely missing.
    You jump from keyboard-navigable straight into ARIA, please don’t do that. ARIA is a brilliant specification for making things work …that weren’t broken to begin with. What I mean is that a lot of people misuse ARIA to make a clickable div-element behave like a button. This requires a bunch of JS, some aria-properties, all sorts of mucking about …while just using the native Button element would’ve given you all of that for free. I’d say the third thing for developers would be to use semantically correct markup and only resort to ARIA when there’s no other alternative.

  4. A little late in my reply, but I wanted to say that I literally spent weeks selecting my fonts and colors. I ended up with two fonts that complement each other nicely and are very readable.

    The trend is toward light gray sans-serif fonts for the body text. But I find them to be too smooth and distracting. It took quite a bit of back and forth before I finally decided to choose a nice serif for the main text on my website. It relaxes my eyes considerably and engages me more.

    Research on this seems to be inconclusive. But no one asked me. There is no doubt that for me, personally, serif fonts provide for a more comfortable reading experience. One font (serif) engages me and stimulates my brain in a way that keeps me more alert to what I’m reading, and the other (sans-serif) tends to keep my eyes floating on the surface of that same content.

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