Coolfields Consulting Archive for the ‘Usability’ Category

WordPress Keyboard Accessible Dropdown Menus Plugin Revisited

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An updated version of my Keyboard Accessible Dropdown Menu Plugin is now available through WordPress.org. Read about the changes that have been made.

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Simple Usability Improvements for your WordPress Theme

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Summary of presentation I gave to WordPress London. Demonstrates simple usability enhancements for WordPress themes – in code and using plugins.

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WordPress Permanently Visible Log Out Link Plugin – Version 0.1

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I’ve created a new WordPress Plugin which adds a permanently visible Log Out link to the Admin Toolbar within the WordPress Admin screens. You can download it here.

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Why None of the External Links on this Website Open in a New Window

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I explain why it is that none of the links to external sites on my website open in new windows or tabs. This bugs some people who think that it loses me traffic. I’m not so sure.

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Specification for an Accessible Lightbox

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Lightbox or pop-up panel functionality is very popular on sites these days – however most lightboxes are not accessible. This post proposes a specification for an accessible lightbox.

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Accessible Forms – Grouping Options With Optgroup

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The optgroup HTML tag is a grouping element used with a list of options in a select (or dropdown) input field. It provides a good usability feature but currently little for accessibility.

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Order of Page Components

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Using CSS page layouts can free up web page layouts and make life easier for users by placing the main content of the page nearer the top.

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Providing Skip Links in Your Pages

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This post looks at a quick and easy way to make your site easier to use for those who rely on keystrokes to get about the internet.

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The Importance of the Print Stylesheet

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What is a print stylsheet for? and why is it important?

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Using Headings Properly

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Within your web pages the correct use of headings is very important for two main reasons: 1) To signpost your content for your users, and 2) To help with search engine optimization (SEO).

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