Selected a11y insights from my past year

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)