I'm a front-end web developer on Ancestry's web standards team. My team and I work closely with our UX department to create site standards for various widgets and design patterns which provide a consistent, easy-to-use experience for our users. I've been doing front-end development for over 6 years now and love improving websites through semantic markup, progressive enhancement, and responsive web design.
How do you ensure accessibility on a website that is worked on by several hundred web developers? That is the question we are continually asking ourselves and have made great steps towards answering. The approach we took was to document our core guidelines and deliver presentations and trainings to all involved. This included our small… Read more
Recently, I volunteered to prototype a new global navigation bar for the core Ancestry.com website. This was a huge opportunity for some drastically needed improvements, not only for the code behind the header, but more importantly, the accessibility of the navigational items. Even though we’re early on in this process of creating an accessible navigation… Read more