Coolfields Consulting Archive for the ‘Website Development’ Category

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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Why We’ve Chosen to Use WordPress

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WordPress is a very popular Content Management System. This site is built with it. Find out why we use it and why we would recommend it for your website.

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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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Harnessing Themes, Plugins and Features to Make WordPress More Accessible

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On Thursday 12th April 2012 I gave a presentation to HCID2012 on the impact of themes, plugins and content on the accessibility of a WordPress site. I also spent some time looking at the accessibility of the WordPress admin screens.

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Accessible Forms – Grouping Elements Together With Fieldset

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The fieldset HTML element (and its accompanying legend element) can be used to group any set of input fields and brings useful accessibility benefits.

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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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Accessible Forms – Selects or Dropdowns

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The Select (or Dropdown) input field enables a user of a web form to make a selection from a list of items. This post looks at the best practices for using selects accessibly and pitfalls to avoid.

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Accessible Forms – Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

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Checkboxes and radio buttons both allow users to choose from a list of items. But they both can have implications for web form accessibility if they’re not used correctly.

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Accessible Forms – Should Every Input Have a Label?

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If you’re using text boxes on a web page you’ll need your users to know what they’re supposed to put in them. This post discusses the importance of the label tag, how to use it, and some best practices to keep in mind when designing or building web forms.

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Designing and Building Accessible Forms

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Introducing a series of posts on the best practices for making web forms accessible and some of the common pitfalls that can rob web forms of accessibility.

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