A Web for Everyone
Designing Accessible User Experiences
Published: January 2014
by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery
I know both authors, and it would be hard to say which of them knows more about accessibility. What I do know is that together they know more than any other two people about what's important about accessibility, which makes them exactly the kind of people—and this exactly the kind of book—that I like to learn from. Make no mistake: this isn't yet another seemingly-endless-series-of-checklists books to help you tick off all the elements that cumulatively add up to accessibility. Instead, it's a book about how to improve the way you do user experience design, so it inevitably produces things that are accessible. If you're in any way responsible for making things accessible, do yourself a favor and read it. By the time you're done, you'll understand that accessibility isn't something you tack on to a good design—it is good design."
—Steve Krug, Author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
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
Imagine if every one of the 25 million WordPress sites was accessible. Joe O'Connor has been a leader in making that happen. He joins us to talk about his work on the WordPress accessibility team.
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Web accessibility takes place on a foundation of technologies, and its success is dependent on how well these underlying technologies support accessible user experiences. Fortunately for us, people like Steve Faulkner devote much of their time to ensure technology specifications include the hooks that make it possible to build an accessible and enjoyable user experience for everyone. In this podcast we learn from Steve about the current status of two key technologies: HTML5 and WAI-ARIA.
Audio accessibility is concerned with making information provided audibly available to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. We see examples of audio accessibility in captions and live captioning. Like all forms of accessibility, there is a spectrum that is defined by features that influence the quality of the experience. At one end of the spectrum, a text version of the spoken content …
Global Accessibility Awareness Day officially begins at 8pm EST on May 15, 2014. We hope you will join us in celebrating all the great work and progress, and take time to learn more about how you can help in making a web for everyone!