A Web for Everyone
Designing Accessible User Experiences
Published: January 2014
by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery
I've been waiting for this book—the book that changes the discussion from "How do I meet accessibility requirements," to thinking of accessibility as a driver for innovation and excellent user experience design. Thank you, Sarah and Whitney, for finally bringing it to life!"
—Dana Chisnell, co-author of Handbook of Usability Testing
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
Medical records are moving online. That means they have to be accessible, but it's also an opportunity to improve them. Dean Karavite explains how a project to design a personal health record for people with disabilities led to some innovative ideas that could make them more useful for everyone.
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 …