London Web Standards is an established and popular meetup for web professionals. The meetups cover a broad range of topics including design, development, UX and accessibility, and this month I had the opportunity to talk about SVG accessibility. The talk looked at SVG past, present, and future, and explored the benefits and challenges it brings in terms of accessibility. Topics included the best way to maximise SVG accessibility, how to use ARIA to supplement the native accessibility of SVG, and how to us
Web developer Shehzad Azram shows how SVG icons could help solve accessibility issues, and reveals how to implement one.
Things have come a long way from the days when we used plain vector art images as icons. Yet there are still a number of accessibility issues when it comes to icons. Thankfully, SVGs could go a long way towards addressing this problem.In this article, I’ll take you through the different icon options we have used in the past, then explore the benefits (and drawbacks) of SVG icons. Finally, I’ll explain how to implement SVG icons, using automation tools to reduce the workload.
While SVG has been around since the last century, it took over a decade for Internet Explorer to catch up with v9. With the rapid decline of legacy IE usage, SVG is now a viable solution across the vast majority of browsers and devices.
There are still some older browsers that do not support SVG icons, but there are tricks to get around this. So why should we use them over font icons? SVGs, like font icons, are vector-based.
Unlike font icons, you don’t have to use workarounds to make them accessible: they already contain semantic title and description attributes. They scale to any size without losing detail, so look great on HDPI displays.
An excellent, fully detailed article on making SVG graphics accessible.
Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is emerging as the preferred graphic format to use on the web today. Are you abandoning the icon font or replacing old pg, gif and png graphics for the well-supported SVG, too? Let’s see how this will impact users of assistive technology (AT) and what is needed in order to ensure a great user experience for everyone.
… icons on the web have had their fair share of challenges. They were time-consuming to prepare for every intended display size and color. When high-resolution displays hit the market, icons looked particularly low-res and blocky compared to the text they often accompanied.
So it’s really no wonder that icon fonts became such a hit. Icons displayed via @font-face were resolution-independent and customizable in all the ways we expected text to be. Sure, delivering icons as a typeface was definitely a hack, but it was also useful, versatile, and maybe even a little fun.
But now we need to stop. It’s time to let icon fonts pass on to Hack Heaven, where they can frolic with table-based layouts, Bullet-Proof Rounded Corners and Scalable Inman Flash Replacements. Here’s why…