The biggest problem with hamburger menus from my perspective is that they frequently aren’t implemented an accessible manner with screen reader use in mind. Hamburger menus which allow invisible text to be announced that isn’t part of the menu is really confusing for people who can’t see. I personally advise taking a modal-like approach where the focus is contained to the items in the menu so the users with vision loss don’t end up off-menu accidentally. It doesn’t change a THING about what it looks like, it just improves the experience for people with disabilities. Think (and design and implement) inclusively !

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Accessibility Architect @ VMware. W3C Silver, ITI & IAAP GLC committees. Degrees in CS, law, business. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter.

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