Publications by Rian

My publications other than on on this website.

2022

Accessible headings structure

Headings are the backbone of the content of a page. A visitor should be able to scan the webpage using headings to get a good impression of its content.
January 3 2022, for The A11y Project

2021

The first rule for using ARIA

What is the first rule for using ARIA? Don’t use ARIA. Well, that’s a bit contradictory, isn’t it? Let me explain why that is.
August 5 2021, for The A11Y Collective.

The perfect link

We all know what a link on a website does: it takes you to another destination. That’s how we use and explore the web. But not everyone knows that there’s more to a link than just a clickable word or image. How do we write, design, and code a link that works for everyone on every device? Let’s dive into the world of creating the perfect link, without making a pig’s breakfast of it.
May 25, 2021, for the A11Y Collective.

We need to talk about WCAG

In this post, I am asking the accessibility community for help. Help for site owners, developers, designers and content managers all over the world. Complying with accessibility guidelines is hard because they are so inscrutable. 
May 18, 2021, for Level Level.

Webwinkel onderzoek 2021 (Dutch)

Accessibility review of 15 of the largest webshops in the Netherlands. Spoiler alert: the web accessibility needs improvement.
November 2021, for Level Level.

Accessibility overlays: common sense and nonsense

“Help! My website’s not accessible to people with disabilities!” “Oh, no problem. Just add a line of code to your website and Bob’s your uncle: your site’s fully accessible.” 
Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is. It’s not even remotely possible. That said, there is functionality out there that can help your visitor. 
July 20, 2021, for Level Level. Co-writer: Eva Westerhoff

Every input needs a label

Web forms are a way to contact, order, complain, discuss, subscribe and they are an essential functionality on a website. It’s therefore important to optimise a form for conversion, usability and accessibility. One big help for a user: always make the label of a form control visible and connected. Let’s explain how and why.
June 2, 2021, for The A11Y Project

2019

Websites & accessibility: invest in education

My recommendation: make web accessibility part of the core curriculum of relevant professional training, and offer affordable continuing education on the subject.
May 19, 2019, for Level Level