Accessibility, Front-end Development and User Experience
Front-end development is ultimately a user experience issue, a human issue if you will. We harness technology to build websites for users. We push clients to consider users. We even build code libraries and strive to write elegant code for users. The user in each situation is different yet one thing is sure: without the user we don’t need a website.
Development and the User
As front-end developers our User varies:
- Our Clients have to use the site we build.
- Developers have to use the code we write.
- Website visitors have to use the site we built.
I love this presentation because Twitter developer @fat frames a critical issue poignantly, humanly and honestly: Accessibility.
If our code and our websites are all for the user, accessibility matters. This presentation reminds me not only that I still have a lot to learn, but also WHY it’s important.
Ready to go further down the rabbit hole? There’s quite a few good resources to explore, but these 2 are a great place to start:
Accessibility and Developers by Paul Irish
This post by Paul Irish links to a large number of really good conversations, viewpoints and resources to get you started.
HTML5accessibility.com offers an overview of HTML5 feature accessibility support in browsers and points the direction to in-depth resources to help you further on the way.
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