About this talk
Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, once said:
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
However, not all websites created are accessible. As a designer, you have the power and responsibility to make sure that everyone has access to what you create regardless of ability, context, or situation.
How can you create not only beautiful designs but also ones that can speak and be well understood by a wide range of users? This session will cover what is accessibility and you can intentionally ensure your designs are accessible and inclusive.
- Read and Review: Accessibility Fundamentals Overview | Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) | W3C
- Course to understand web accessibility better
- Adobe contrast analyzer
🌈 Comment below and ask me questions — I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!
Hello! I'm Bethany Jepchumba. My mantra is "recreating stories, enhancing experiences". I aim to improve experiences whether it is through design, code, or leadership. Currently, I'm is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. Formerly, I was a Program Coordinator at Andela.
This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2022 — a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on June 16 & 17, 2022.
Top comments (24)
Do you have any advice for those who want to create accessible code but are very new coding(e.g., me)?
Have you worked much with speech-to-text tools? If so, have you observed any areas of this field that still need to be improved? My impression is that the field still has a long way to go but I also don't have much experience with it myself!
I really liked the point about empathy. Often people creating a product seem annoyed by being forced to make their product accessible for everyone because it is "so much work" but it's not if you keep in mind that you're doing this for other humans. And sharing is caring!
One of topics what I was waiting for!
Thank you so much for the talk and resources, Bethany. If there's anything I want to brand myself with it's this, removing accessibility barriers to the tech world so that all can be a unified community.
I know I still have blind spots so talks like this are really important to me, thank you!
definitely learned alot for this talk! now I have a foundation on this topic and where to go from there. Is there any other websites that can check your website or app for Web Accessibiliity?
i loved this talk
Hi Bethany! Thank you for your talk! My elderly aunt has mobility and vision problems. I mentioned this in Laurel's comments. In fact, my aunt is blind, but cognitively sharp as a tack. She's found a severe lack of tools (even from Apple) that would allow her to take a device straight from the box and set it up on her own. Did I mention that she's fiercely independent, LOL? She was always an avid reader and would love to use what's left of her sight again. She is really into audio books she gets in the mail from her states program for the blind.
I'm trying to help her out, but do you have any ideas? Thank you!
I think it is a very interesting topic, I had a coding mentor who had vision and color perception problems, and he was very concerned that his designs should consider the limitations of people. It is a great lesson to take into account.
How did you first become interested in web accessibility? 😃🎊
Very interesting! Will take a look at the "further reading" when I have the time.
As a side note/ suggestion, GitHub just released this Prism tool for creating color palettes that has a WCAG contrast checker backed in.
And it also uses a perceptually uniform color space, which gets human perception of colors way better than most existing color/palette pickers.
Here's the announcement post.
What are tools that we can use to help us assist in making web accessible?
Im planning on studying for the CPACC, but will that be enough to make me a competent frontend developer where I can apply what I've learned into my work?
Great advice, great examples. Thanks for the great talk, Bethany!