Approachable Accessibility: Planning for Success

  • 1h 22m
  • Martine Dowden, Michael Dowden
  • Apress
  • 2019

Understand the realities of modern web accessibility and what considerations should be made to include everyone. There are hundreds of millions of people who are being left out every single day on the web due to disability or circumstance. The purpose of web accessibility is to remove barriers and bring the information, services, and functionality of the web to as many people as possible so they can be included in this global community.

This book makes the topic of web accessibility as approachable as possible to help every web professional become an accessibility advocate at their companies, on their projects, and in their communities. This discussion will go beyond the buzzword to explore the impact our designs and decisions have on real people, along with the ethical, legal, and financial incentives for accessibility prioritization.

For those who are ready to get started the book covers tools and techniques for testing websites or web applications for conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Because we very rarely work in a vacuum the book also covers how to educate your team or company management on web accessibility as well as persuading them to invest time and money in accessibility.

For those looking to start an accessibility practice at their company – or simply to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks – the book includes a guide to creating your very own accessibility action plan. Having a well-documented plan of action is an essential step in the long-term success of any initiative. Get started with web accessibility using Approachable Accessibility today.

What You'll Learn

  • Discover various ways that website design can exclude or even harm users
  • Gain an understanding of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
  • Put together an accessibility action plan for your organization
  • Explore tools and techniques for evaluating your existing websites

Who This Book Is For

Web designers and developers who want to know more about web accessibility or just want to know how to get started; tech leaders who need help building an accessibility practice or convincing their company to invest in web accessibility; project managers and owners making scope decisions for a project.

About the Authors

Martine and Michael Dowden are co-founders at Andromeda, FlexePark, and M2D2 Enterprises. Together they leverage a combined 40 years experience in tech and education to build accessible software products and educate others on UX, design, and development topics. Martine uses her degrees in psychology and visual design to create beautiful web interfaces that are usable by everyone. Michael uses his education in computer science and entrepreneurship to build software and businesses that are ethical and inclusive.

In this Book

  • Why Should I Care About Accessibility?
  • The Road to Accessibility
  • Getting Your Team on Board
  • Getting Started
  • Creating an Action Plan
  • Tools, Technologies, and Resources