Web Accessibility

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Break it down, make it accessible

We must take accessibility into consideration throughout the design process, including the way we create content and how we develop our products. Functional elements must support accessibility; for example, if you want your user to proceed through a site by clicking on a blue button, then you are assuming that they can see the color blue. But what if they can’t? Their user experience stops there.

A look back while we move forward

Accessibility: How did we end up here?
Former President Nixon signed The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to eliminate “discrimination based on disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment, and the employment practices of federal contractors.” This law put accessibility at the forefront of the national audience.

Being accessible

There are four principles of web accessibility: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. This is how to present information to the user, and how they interact with the information on the screen. Accessibility is not only in terms of how a user interacts with a web page but also in the way we develop specific hardware and software to assist people with disabilities.

The three pillars of web accessibility

Content
We’ve all heard the saying “Content is King”. This was said by Bill Gates as part of an essay he wrote in 1996. We really can’t speak about accessibility without mentioning content as it plays an integral part of any accessibility plan and includes the narrative, the copy, and other contextual elements.

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Kevin Meldau

Kevin Meldau

Software engineer at Polar Notion