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Slideshows and their Inherent Suckiness
Gian Wild explores how the Slideshow causes massive problems for those with accessibility needs and what can be done instead:
“Slideshow. Slider. Carousel. Whatever you call them, they’re ubiquitous on organizational home pages across the web. And almost all of them are inaccessible.
Sometimes they are inaccessible because people just don’t care about accessibility. But in most cases there are just so many accessibility requirements that need to be addressed that a couple of them get missed. And that can be disastrous for accessibility.
Unfortunately none of the mainstream toolkits like Bootstrap, Foundation or Slick Carousel get the accessibility right by default, so if you want an accessible slideshow, you need to make substantial changes.”
UX Pin is taking apart UX Design patterns and helping you get the most from them:
“For many, UI design patterns can be difficult to implement correctly since the concept is so simple: collections of patterns that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. But if you treat them as just patterns, your sites can start to feel cookie cutter.
We’ll explain the different classifications of UI patterns and describe how to choose the right ones based on your needs.
The 4 Main Types of UI Design Patterns
Patterns are not website features that can just be cut and pasted into your design. A more accurate definition would be visual strategies for solving common usability problems. Furthermore, patterns are not pieces you stitch together to create an interface; instead, they are closer to foundational pieces on which you can build your customized site. UI design patterns aren’t templates, so they shouldn’t be treated as such (unless you want a sterile feel to your website).”
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