A random collection of resources, tools, and tips.
Stuff I made
- Sa11y - An accessibility checker geared towards content authors that visually highlights common accessibility and usability issues.
- Contrast checking Google Sheet - A Google Sheet that compares the hexcodes between two colours for contrast with colour preview.
- Work: MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)
- Personal: MacBook (12-inch, 2016)
- iPhone X
- DJI Mavic Mini
Browser extensions & apps
I primarily use Google Chrome.
- uBlock Origin - The best content/ad blocker.
- Wappalyzer - Wappalyzer is a technology profiler that shows you what websites are built with.
- Web Developer - A toolbar with various web developer tools.
- Responsively - Desktop app to preview all target screens in a single window side-by-side.
- TinyWow provides free online conversion, pdf, and other handy tools to help you solve problems of all types.
- SmallDev.tools - Collection of various developer tools.
- MetaTags.io - Test how webpage previews will look on social media.
Web accessibility testing
- Deque's axe DevTools - Chrome extension to find developer-related issues.
- Sa11y - I use this for checking content-related issues and quality assurance checks.
- Chrome's DevTools. I use multiple tools within DevTools for manual testing and review. View DevTools accessibility features reference. More specifically:
- Accessibility pane, accessibility tree, ARIA and computed attributes, contrast ratio colour picker.
- Note: Lighthouse does use axe-core, but it does not run the full set of checks compared to axe DevTools.
- Frequent traveller?
- Use a mobile carrier/provider that supports free wifi calling. It works in airplane mode!
- Find a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.
- Never pay for premium airport lounges. Most travel credit cards include free passes.
- Canadian? Apply for Nexus.
- Pack a 3-6ft extension cord.
- Download areas & navigate offline in Google Maps
- Avoid checking bags. Otherwise, pop an AirTag in your luggage. You'll at least know what city your bag was lost in.
- Book directly with airlines. Trying to change a flight with a third party is a nightmare. Seriously, avoid third party sites - even if they claim your ticket is flexible.
- Need to show proof of an onward flight, without having an onward flight? www.onwardticket.com
- Monthly rentals can save you significant coin. If you're staying somewhere for around 2 weeks, check the monthly price and compare.
- Before booking that AirBnb... do check out hotels first. You may find better value (and comfort) in some cities.