I’m really tired of designing a simple, standards-compliant layout that looks fine in every browser but IE6. Aren’t you? Almost every web developer has something to say about this topic. I’ve found some interesting sites recently that suggest action we can take as a design community get IE6 out of our hair. The suggestions range from mild to extreme; either helping IE6 gracefully exit the stage or die a quick, painful death. We obviously want to make life easier for ourselves, but we can’t alienate our audience. I’m most concerned about those who don’t have the ability to upgrade their system because they work for a public institution with ancient machines or proprietary apps that don’t work on other browsers. For the rest of the world, maybe a little tough love is a good thing. Here are some of my favorite ideas: Read the rest of this entry »
Creating web pages that are accessible for people with disabilities is also a step in the right direction for making your site user-friendly for the rest of your audience. Observing your work from a different perspective will give you insights on how you can improve. For instance, what does your page look like when style sheets or images are disabled? What will your site sound like when read by screen reading software? How does the page look when loaded on a mobile device? There are a few simple things everyone can do to avoid acessability problems.