The web allows us to share knowledge across borders. No matter where you live, money, religion, or color of skin. It makes us equal. Or it should.
If you are not creating accessible websites, you are discriminating people. Why do you should care?
- It’s the right thing to do.
- It’s easy.
Disabled people have to deal with many, many problematic situations in their every day, don’t let your website to be a new one.
Eric Bailey published a cool and fantastic introduction article to accessibility: “Truths about digital accessibility”. It’s especially relevant to know more about how disabled users interact with technology. I recommend the reading of it.
Accessibility, often abbreviated as A11y, is a broad term that could have different meanings. I’ll refer to it as the set of rules and recommendations that we have to apply to make a website accessible to disabled and impairment people.
When we talk about disabled users, the first group of people that came to our minds are blind people. Visually disabled people are one of the most significant groups, but not only. Many types of users will benefit from the application of accessibility practices. Please, take a moment and check this great summary of Diverse Abilities and Barriers.
I’ll start a new series of posts that could help us to understand Accessibility, its rules, tools, and actions that will improve the accessibility of our sites.