Thinking about AccessibilityTuesday, January 25, 2005
There is an uncomfortable trend in accessibility circles of boiling down accessibility requirements into lists of checkboxes. These checklists tend to be foistered onto developers, and an unfortunate thing happens: Developers focus more on getting the checkboxes all ticked off, and switch off thinking about accessibility.
Without sounding like a broken record, accessibility is about people. The moment we forget about people, we've forgotten about accessibility and why it is an important factor in web design.
What is encouraging is that accessibility is starting to factor into website design decisions. It is in the spirit of these encouraging signs that I want to explore some common sub-optimal practices. My aim is to encourage designers and developers to think about accessibility, and the repercussions of their implementation decisions.
Let's think about accessibility.