A Web for Everyone
Designing Accessible User Experiences
Published: January 2014
by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery
This book is like a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of Accessibility" for technical communicators, usability practitioners, and many more. There is something here for everyone—from the novice to the experienced practitioner—who wants to make a web for everyone."
—Karen Mardahl, STC AccessAbility SIG manager and Technical Writer, SimCorp.com
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
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!
I always like it when worlds collide, showing that we can start from different goals, but end up with similar guidelines. One of those happy collisions is plain language and accessibility. If you are looking for one thing you can focus on to improve your web site content, plain language is a good place to …
Accessibility research can help us better understand how people with disabilities use the web and what we in product design and development can do to make that experience more successful and enjoyable. However, accessibility research is often carried out in academia. The valuable insights gained through research are shared and built upon among scholars, but …