James Edwards, better known as brothercake, is the man behind UDM — the Ultimate Drop Down Menu, which has the distinction of being not only the most cross-browser-compatible hierarchical menu system, but also the most accessible, as it fully complies with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
But by far James’s biggest contribution to the book is in his personal area of expertise: building complex interfaces like drop-down menu systems without compomising accessibility. In the book’s two biggest chapters, James builds from scratch a number of menu systems that offer all the slickness and compatibility of his amazing UDM4 product, and then unflinchingly tackles the accessibility issues that come with such interfaces, ensuring they remain fully accessible to both keyboard-only and screen-reader users. This material alone is, in my opinion, worth the price of admission.
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