HTML5 input types

It is a rare day at work when I don’t do anything related to forms. Be it creating forms from scratch, modifying existing forms, handling user interaction with them, whatever. I work with forms a lot. So that’s why one of the things in HTML5 I’m looking forward to the...

A selection of VoiceOver keyboard commands

One of the many great things about using a Mac as your development machine is VoiceOver, the screen reader that ships with every copy of Mac OS X. Testing your work in a screen reader is only a small part of building accessible websites, but it helps you understand...

Heading navigation in web browsers

All screen readers that I know of have keyboard shortcuts that allow the user to navigate within a web page by jumping from heading to heading. This can really speed things up when you want to skip to a particular section of a page. Being able to navigate by headings...

Open hidden folders in the Mac OS X Finder

This is one of those simple tips that makes you think “Everybody knows about this but me.” To open hidden folders such as /etc/apache2 in the Mac OS X Finder, do one of the following: Press Shift + Cmd + G and type /etc/apache2 Open a Terminal window and type open...

Reverse chronological order comments

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t get why some sites display reader comments in reverse chronological order. It seems especially popular on newspaper sites, which also for some reason tend to use paging for comments. I think the combination of reverse order and...