A Web for Everyone
Designing Accessible User Experiences
by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery
If you are in charge of the design, user experience, or strategy for a web site, this book can help you make the site accessible without sacrificing design or innovation. It focuses on solutions: practical principles and examples of how to create sites that everyone can use.
Why is this important? It's simple: laws in the US and around the world are changing accessibility from a "nice-to-have" feature to a legal requirement. Like architects in the built environment, user experience professionals are becoming accountable for providing exceptional user experiences that are also accessible. Just as with user research and coding to standards, accessibility will soon be simply part of the profession.
A Web for Everyone is for those tasked with meeting accessibility requirements without compromising design and functionality. Its approach is rooted in universal design, described by Ron Mace, design pioneer and founder of the Center for Universal Design, as:
"...the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design."
Other books on this topic focus broadly on making a case for accessibility, or narrowly on building accessible interface elements. A Web for Everyone does not lecture about the merits of web accessibility; neither is it a technical reference. A Web for Everyone takes a holistic, design-oriented approach, providing user experience professionals with elegant and practical solutions to universal access.