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Dev Diary Entry, 14 April 2020

Week 4! It’s like a real life Groundhog Day experience. I post more consistently to Instagram lately and interact with other users more, probably since I can’t talk to anyone in real life aside from my husband and baby! I wouldn’t go so far as to say Instagram is a source of strength and support, but it helps pass the time.

  • I changed the colour of links on this website to a darker blue. I didn’t realise it but the pale blue (#1E88E5) I was using gave a poor colour contrast against my white (#FFF) background that didn’t meet the WCAG 2.0 level AA. Now with #391FE7 it’s AAA.
  • Why the GOV.UK Design System team changed the input type for numbers - The digital teams at GOV.UK do some great work, including this on why they moved away from the input type for numbers and replaced it with ‘inputmode’.
  • The problem with snackbars and what to use instead - Snackbars are the little tooltips of information that appear and disappear as you interact with a page. I’d always felt they were sometimes unhelpful because they vanish so quickly and this post gives a lot of good reasons to avoid them.
  • - This is another great tool for working with colour contrast and gives additional information on different vision types than my go-to WebAIM one.

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