March 16 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. When working towards making digital technology universally accessible, it is important to remember that every small detail counts – there is no one absolute “100% correct” in accessibility, but there is a huge difference between not considering it and giving it the best possible effort.
Or, as Charlie Owen put it:
I’ve always used the analogy of security when talking to tech people about `#A11y`: you can make something _more_ secure, but will probably never make something _100%_ secure. Similarly with a11y.
Designing accessible technology is not something one can ultimately master, as discussing with seasoned a11y experts at A11yClub Düsseldorf yesterday illustrated once again. It is a continuous learning process.
This is my selection of insights from the past year I wrote about on this blog:
- Nothing beats testing with real people, but automated testing has its place
- The basics of creating an accessible PDF are surprisingly straightforward (both: A11Y Berlin #6)
- There are more people relying on CC than is often thought and these groups deserve consideration
- Over designing for all, we shall not forget we are still designing for every one of them
- Customers of the German railway company DB are important beneficiaries of image alt texts
- It’s so easy to forget a11y in internal work processes
- Identifying exclusive thinking is the first step to design more inclusively (both IxDA Berlin 69)