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Jul 18, 2019 18:01:43

Accessibility On The Web

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Jack Lyons

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Today I listened to a pretty interesting podcast on

The podcast was about general HTML markup and how we as developers have a responsibility to build websites that are accessible and semantically correct not only for humans but also for the huge amount of assistive technologies that scrape, crawl, read or parse your site.

As a front end developer I spend a lot of time working with HTML tags, and the general fallback tag for me has always been the simple div. When all else is in doubt just wrap your code in a 
right?

Well … after this podcast I'm not so sure. Semantic HTML was built for a reason, and it's about time we all wake up and understand it. In the podcast they threw out some interesting stats and arguments for accessibility. For example, around 10,000+ people each year in the US may incur serious injuries that leave an arm permanently disabled. Then, they go on to say that around 16+ million people a year in the US break an arm. These sorts of things seriously impact a users experience.

So yeah, without giving too much away in the podcast, I'd just like to say that we as developers have a huuuuge responsibility to build websites that are accessible to everyone.

Easier said than done right! But if you are interested in the topic more, there's a cool free online course over at Udacity. I've just started it and find it really insightful!

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    @jacklyons interesting! Developers and designers have so much influence over this, you're right. I recently did a UX design research project on inclusivity and accessibility, and what we learned is that we often talk about accessibility in terms of permanent disabilities, but there's loads of use cases around situational and temporary disabilities/impairments too, like when one is out under bright sunlight and can't see the screen (situational visual impairment), or when you lost your glasses (temporary impairment).

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jul 21, 2019 22:53:10
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