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Cameron Cundiff

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Accessibility Testing – Javascript Library Roundup

If you’re a developer looking to build accessibility assertions into your own testing tool, there are a few things you’ll want to look for:

A javascript library – high fidelity accessibility testing need to happen after the DOM has rendered. A standalone library that you can run in development and CI.

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Lunchtime Drawtime – Time for Contemplation

Lunchtime Drawtime is where Pivotal Labs folks get together to paint and draw during lunch. We have Lunchtime Drawtime on Fridays at the NYC office every week. Check out some of our past drawtimes too.

Today’s Lunchtime Drawtime artworks were driven by the question:

Who am I?

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Limit VoiceOver Reading to a Specific URL

If you are a developer testing web accessibility using OS X’s VoiceOver screen reader, you can follow this guide to limit announcements to a specific application and URL, so that VoiceOver only announces your application content and does not interrupt your development workflow.

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Accessible UI Widgets using ARIA

ARIA attributes are a robust alternative to arbitrary class names when applying styles and behaviors to your markup. When you use ARIA attributes to target elements, you introduce accessibility support while standardizing your markup.

Non-standard class names

As a web developer, you may often find yourself toggling a class name with javascript to apply CSS, like so:

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The Problem

This approach adds a non-standard class name, .hidden, that we rely on for our behavior.

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1 more reason to use MDPress – GitHub Pages

Yesterday I found another reason to love working with MDPress for creating presentations.

MDPress is an open source tool that generates HTML presentations from Markdown content. It’s great for someone who works on the command line all day, and who enjoys the conveniences of version control.

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Accessibility Errors Are Breaking Your Build

Imagine if someone flipped a switch on your project that broke your entire integration test suite with failures that surfaced critical, long standing bugs in production that render your site useless to many thousands of users.

Hundreds of failures in CI, up on a monitor for everyone to see.

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Automated Accessibility Testing in Rails with capybara-accessible

capybara-accessible is an automated accessibility testing tool that has been recently released by Case Commons, with Pivotal Labs contributions. Here’s a description of capybara-accessible, how it works, and an explanation of some of the technical decisions we’ve made.

What does it do?

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Testing Color for Accessibility

A fellow Pivot recently asked me about accessibility requirements around the use color with text in a page. Here is the answer I gave her. Color itself is not as relevant as contrast ratio (for color blindness in particular). The contrast ratio rule is (according to WCAG 2) 4.5:1 for body text and 3:1 for large scale (minimum 14 pt bold weight or 18 pt normal).

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Start Your Own Lunchtime Drawtime

Lunchtime Drawtime is where Pivotal Labs folks get together and draw during lunch. We have Lunchtime Drawtime on Fridays at the NYC office, weekly for the past 6 months. Here’s a list of protips in case you want to start your own Lunchtime Drawtime group.

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Pair Comics

There are particular tropes that come up again and again when pairing. I’ve decided to canonize a few as comics. Enjoy!

 



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