Creating HTML Layouts That Meet Web Accessibility Standards

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Web accessibility is often said to be a ‘must’ for the World Wide Web today. The term "web accessibility" defines a set of guidelines developers need to follow to make the interaction of people with disabilities and web apps more convenient. Any website should be accessible in terms of its content, UI/UX design, and layout. In this article, the Logicify team gives HTML/CSS developers a few practical tips to make web layouts more accessible — both for people and assistive devices.

Keep the Markup Clean

Whatever markup you are using, structure it correctly and neatly, avoid skipping levels. Always favor native elements (if there are ones) over faking them. For instance, use the <button> elements instead of <span> or <div> in HTML. Use <nav> for navigation, <button> for page actions.

Wyze’s newest cheap gadget is a $20 home sensor system that pairs with its security cam

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Wyze, the makers of one of the cheapest and most capable smart cameras on the market, is entering into a new category: home security systems. The new Wyze Sense system is an equally affordable set of sensors for monitoring entryways into your home, including doors and windows, and keeping track of any unusual motion activity. The whole system, including two contact sensors and one motion sensor, costs just $20.

The whole system works via the existing Wyze Cam line. Bundled with the three sensors is what the company is calling the Wyze Bridge, which connects to the back of one of the company’s existing cameras, either the Wyze Cam or Wyze Cam Pan, to connect the whole setup to the internet. From there, you can monitor everything through…

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PUBG’s creator is excited to ‘get dirty again’ with new studio

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For the past two years, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene has mostly been on the road, traveling to events across the world in support of the game that bears his name, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. “I’ve been looking at things from a high level position rather than getting my hands dirty,” he says of the last few years. So, along with the leadership at PUBG Corp., Greene decided to switch directions.

Two weeks ago he announced a new venture called PUBG Special Projects; while he’ll still be keeping an eye on PUBG, Greene is now leading a small — and growing — team in search of something new. “I’m looking forward to Special Projects because I get to get dirty again and get my hands into that,” he says.

It’s still early days for the new…

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Samsung shows off the Galaxy Fold’s folding skills in action

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Samsung has been pretty closed off about letting anyone actually try out the Galaxy Fold in real life, but apparently, those rules don’t apply to robots — specifically, Samsung’s specialized stress testing machines, which the company showcased in a new video highlighting the Galaxy Fold’s bending abilities.

The video is pretty mesmerizing on its own — there’s something almost soothing about watching all the phones fold open and shut in perfect synchronization, but more importantly, the stress tests are giving us what might be the best look yet at what the Galaxy Fold actually looks like when its folding.

And so far, it looks pretty slick. The screens are fast to turn on, there doesn’t seem to be that big…

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Everything we know so far about how the Apple Card works

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Apple’s newly announced credit card sounds attractive on paper: no late or international fees, up to 3 percent cash back paid daily, and a physical card made of titanium. So are there any catches?

There’s a lot to know about the Apple Card, from how it works, how to get it, and how it compares to other credit cards out there. Here is all of the key information you should know about the Apple Card if you’re considering getting one.

How do you qualify for an Apple Card?

You need an iPhone to apply for an Apple Card, and you may also need some existing credit. Apple declined to share an exact credit score range you’ll need to be within to qualify for its credit card, but from the variable interest rates listed on its site, we do know those…

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Simple contact managing app Cardhop arrives on iOS

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The contact managing app Cardhop is launching on iOS today, about a year and a half after debuting on the Mac. Like the Mac app, the iOS version of Cardhop makes it fast and easy to add a new contact or look up an existing one. It works on both the iPhone and iPad, and it’s simple enough to use that it may actually make you want to manage your contacts.

There have basically been no good contacts apps for mobile. Lifehacker even wrote a story last year titled “The Best Address Book App for iOS Doesn’t Exist.” The problem is that managing your contacts is a chore, and most contacts apps are just a more intense version of that chore.

Cardhop, which comes from Fantastical creator Flexibits, is…

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Contacts app Cardhop comes to iOS

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Productivity nerds, rejoice! Flexibits, the company behind Fantastical, is releasing Cardhop on the iPhone and iPad today. Cardhop was originally released on macOS, and it lets you text or call your contacts as well as add information more quickly. If you have an iPhone, chances are you’re using the default Contacts app. It’s a pretty […]

Apple’s still lumbering iMacs with 5400 RPM hard drives

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Apple, in 2019, weds fantastic 5k displays—almost impossible to find anywhere else—with storage technology so obsolete you can listen to it in a quiet room.

What people generally don’t know, however, is that the hard drives themselves are of a radical new design that is completely silent. What you’re hearing fizzling and popping away is actually a tiny carbon-fired auxiliary power supply. They come with enough coal to last 20 years and there’s a tiny little hatch to shovel more in. The only hurdle is that to get to the boiler, you need to get past the machine’s glued-on display. But Apple just announced the perfect tool for prizing it off.

A 1TB m.2 SSD is now just $120 at retail. [Amazon]

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Yoshi’s Crafted World on the Switch is impossibly charming

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Ever since his debut in Super Mario World nearly three decades ago, Yoshi has become synonymous with adorable charm. As his early pixelated rendition gave way to more recent, fuzzier adventures, it became increasingly hard to imagine how the green dinosaur could get any cuter — but Yoshi’s Crafted World pulls it off. The new Nintendo Switch adventure thrusts a woolly version of Yoshi into a handmade papercraft world where you can dress him up with a milk carton or a cardboard cow costume. It’s painfully adorable. Platforming games like this are often built around challenges and inventive design, and while Crafted World has some of this, mostly, it’s just a really pleasant place to be.

The game is structured like most Super Mario games,…

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Seattle! Come see me Thursday at the Central Library with my new book RADICALIZED! Next up: Anaheim for Wondercon!

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We had a fantastic time last night at the Ft Vancouver Library Revolutionary Reads event for Radicalized, my latest sf book; on Thursday I’ll be in Seattle, appearing at the the Central Library at 7PM. From there, I finish the tour with a weekend at Wondercon in Anaheim. See you there (tell your friends)! (Image: Fort Vancouver Library)

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New Huawei Phone Has a 5x Optical Zoom, Thanks To a Periscope Lens

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Huawei officially announced the Huawei P30 Pro smartphone today. While it has a new Huawei-made SoC, an in-screen optical fingerprint reader, and lots of other high-end features, the highlight is definitely the camera’s optical zoom, which is up to a whopping 5x. Not digital zoom. Real, optical zoom. Space, of course, is at a premium in smartphones. Imagine a smartphone sitting face down, and you would have to fit a vertical stack of the display, the CMOS sensor, and the lens all in about an 8mm height. There is just not a lot of room. But what if we didn’t have to stack all the components vertically? The trick to Huawei’s 5x optical zoom is that it uses a periscope design.

From the outside, it looks like a normal camera setup, albeit with a funky square camera opening. Internally, though, the components make a 90-degree right turn after the lens cover, and the zoom lens components and CMOS sensor are arranged horizontally. Now instead of having to cram a bunch of lenses and the CMOS chip into 8mm of vertical phone space, we have acres of horizontal phone space to play with. We’ve seen prototypes of periscope cameras from Oppo, but as far as commercial devices go, the Huawei P30 Pro is the first. While the optical zoom is the big new camera feature, there are four total cameras on the back of the P30 Pro. A 40MP main camera, a 20MP wide angle, the 8MP 5X telephoto, and a Time of Flight depth-sensing camera. The main 40MP camera uses a 1/1.7 inch-type sensor that, when measured diagonally, would make it 32 percent larger than the 1/2.55 inch-type sensors in the Galaxy S10 or iPhone XS. The P30 Pro also has a new “RYYB” pixel layout, which swaps out the two green pixels in most CMOS “RGGB” sensors for yellow pixels. “Huawei claims it can capture 40 percent more light, as the yellow filter captures green and red light,” Ars Technica reports. “Of course, this will make the color wonky, but Huawei claims it can correct for that in software.”

Other specifications include a Kirin 980 octa-core processor with 6GB or 8GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, NFC, wireless charging, 40W wired charging, and a 4,200mAh battery. It starts at a price of $1,125.

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