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A Web for Everyone

Designing Accessible User Experiences 

Published: January 2014 Paperback: 288 pages, ISBN 1-933820-97-7 Digital: ISBN 1-933820-39-X

by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery

A Web For Everyone

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

Audio Accessibility with Svetlana Kouznetsova

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 …

Join us in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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!

Plain language: accessibility for information

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 Methods with Jonathan Lazar

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 …

Design Education: An interview with Valerie Fletcher

Valerie Fletcher is Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design. With many years of engagement in advancing accessibility and universal design in the public and private sectors, Valerie has a deep knowledge and clear perspective of the challenges and opportunities that exist in moving forward the agenda of universal design for web accessibility. We wanted to learn what she considers to be the greatest challenge in integrating accessibility into the practice of web design.