Accessibility and the Dyslexic

I have been meaning to pass on a series of articles related to the issues dyslexia causes for some time now. The series was published a couple of years ago, and Roger Johansson blogged about it a couple of weeks ago, bringing the series back to mind.

Dyslexia pretty much flummoxes me, so I'll assume you too. We can imagine most visual and mobility handicaps, but I, for one, have no way to anticipate the problems our designs might cause the dyslexic.

Dyslexia is not a single symptom disability.

Markup and styling of poetry and verse

I recently had reason to include some verse in a page I was working on. Markup and styles for modern browsers were a breeze. IE was a royal PITA. I wanted to center the verse, but IE just wouldn't cooperate. My methods degraded gracefully, leaving IE typographically OK, but not centered.

Fortunately, Richard Rutter has been writing a series of articles over the last few years, bringing typographic style to the web page.

Rethinking quotations

As many of you know, I published a little write-up in July, 2006, on marking up quotes. After my hosting company went belly up, I rewrote it for my new site earlier this year: "How to Mark Up Quotes".

Lately I've been having second thoughts about the suggested methods for the element. I added a new section to the article, titled, oddly enough, "Second Thoughts".


Compassion is a profound human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule embody by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others as you would have done to you. Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.

Centering Inline Elements Vertically in their Containers

Back a week or so ago, say in May of 2006, Chris..S brought a problem to the forum,

In a nutshell, he needed to have multi-line inline elements align themselves centered vertically in the container. Not a problem with modern browsers, but not so easy with IE.

The problem was solved when IChao (Ingo Chao*) brought an example and an explanation of some work done by Bruno Fasino.

Chris posted a nice demo page, which he seems to have taken down.

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