A Web for Everyone
Designing Accessible User Experiences
Published: January 2014
by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery
Mobile is proving once again what accessibility advocates knew all along—designing for universal access is a smart business decision. The same accessibility principles that make your website work for everyone will also help your website work well with all devices, screen sizes, and input mechanisms. Accessibility isn't just about providing a great experience for the disabled—it's what will enable you to connect with all your users, regardless of which device they use to go online."
—Karen McGrane, author of Content Strategy for Mobile
If you are in charge of the user experience, development, or strategy for a web site, A Web for Everyone will help you make your site accessible without sacrificing design or innovation. Rooted in universal design principles, this book provides solutions: practical advice and examples of how to create sites that everyone can use.
“A Web For Everyone” Blog
If you work in user experience or accessibility, you probably spend part of your time on advocacy--making the case for a new design idea or a new way of working. Structured Negotiations are a collaborative process that can help you reach your goal with an agreement that is a win for everyone. Lainey Feingold joins us to tell us how it works.
For over 30 years, Ben Shneiderman has worked to keep the “human” in HCI broadly defined. Through research and teaching, writing and speaking, convening and facilitating, he has advocated for and assisted in the creation of technology tools in support of the common good. Since Ben invented the concept of universal usability, we wanted to get his take on how designers are measuring up, and what is keeping them from moving forward more effectively.
If you work in media broadcasting or telecommunications you have probably heard of the U.S. legislation called CVAA, shorthand for the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Like most legal documents, CVAA is difficult to decipher. Lucky for us, Larry Goldberg is here to explain the key points and what actions we need to take.
Larry Goldberg is Director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Access Media (NCAM) at WGBH Boston, where his dedication to developing technologies, policies, and practices to support accessible media has been instrumental in mainstreaming captions and video description and other innovative technologies. We asked Larry what we could learn from the process of bringing captioning to television that will help us mainstream accessible media on the web.
I spent last week in San Diego at the amazing CSUN Conference on Disabilities, absorbing the presentations and even better hallway conversations. And, I gave three presentations on UX and accessibility. It was very encouraging to see how much focus there is on moving beyond checklist compliance and towards making user experiences that are delightful …