If all you are doing is WCAG testing, and you feel the screen reader does not matter so much (or quirks in screen readers are the problem of screen readers), then you aren’t really doing accessibility testing.
You are doing code compliance testing. A human linter.
Tip for anyone who's been put off building stuff with JS due to the terrifying array of build tools and packages and framework choices you have to make these days
You don't have to use any of that stuff!
A few years ago I gave myself permission to ignore it all and just use default browser environments... and it turns out to be a really fun, productive, dare I say delightful environment to work in
Now that we can ignore IE compatibility modern JS and browser APIs are really nice to work with!
Being #disabled sure changed my perspective on just about everything. Today I'm thinking about how stuff gets designed, and how it's nearly always something like "let's get this working first, then we can make it #accessible when we are successful enough that we can afford to." Making products that can be used by disabled people is literally an afterthought, and it is intentionally so. My radical thought is that stuff should get designed FIRST for disabled people to use, then if you want to streamline stuff for abled folks with superpowers, feel free to do that.
It is ethically bad to cater to the people who have things easiest at the expense of those who have it the hardest. Oh sure, you can claim that you wouldn't be able to have a product at all if you had to make it accessible from the start, but you know what? I don't care. Either way I don't get something I can use. Why should I feel bad that abled people don't get something if I don't get it? They never feel bad that I can't use something even if they can. So I'm no longer accepting "it's too hard to succeed by doing the right thing" as an excuse. If you can't do something ethically, you shouldn't do it.
Good advice from @andy — don’t snark on people who are leaning.
Use the dialog element (reasonably)
I like this.
<strong>We don't use tooltips.</strong>
#tooltips #ux #a11y #UIDesign
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