Accessibility For Everyone

A presentation at State Of The Browser in in London, UK by Laura Kalbag

Accessibility For Everyone

Accessibility For Everyone

What is **accessibility**?

What is **accessibility**?

“I know the basics…”

“I know the basics…”

“I am the best.”

“I am the best.”

There’s no shortcut to being an “expert”.

There’s no shortcut to being an “expert”.

We centre ourselves in the development process.

We centre ourselves in the development process.

When we centre ourselves, we sacrifice others.

When we centre ourselves, we sacrifice others.

Do. the. work.

Do. the. work.

Fixes

Fixes

Low contrast text: 86.1% of homepages

Low contrast text: 86.1% of homepages

Fix low contrast text

Fix low contrast text

Missing alternative text for images: 67.9% of homepages

Missing alternative text for images: 67.9% of homepages

Empty links: 58.9% of homepages

Empty links: 58.9% of homepages

Empty buttons: 27% of homepages

Empty buttons: 27% of homepages

Missing form input labels: 53.2% of homepages

Missing form input labels: 53.2% of homepages

Missing document language: 30.5% of homepages

Missing document language: 30.5% of homepages

Accessibility is often sacrificed when we prioritise developer experience.

Accessibility is often sacrificed when we prioritise developer experience.

Impact of web frameworks on accessibility

Impact of web frameworks on accessibility

Impact of JavaScript frameworks on accessibility

Impact of JavaScript frameworks on accessibility

Impact of advertisement frameworks on accessibility

Impact of advertisement frameworks on accessibility

Be a framework sceptic.

Be a framework sceptic.

Distinguish ourselves on caring.

Distinguish ourselves on caring.

But we build things for people like us.

But we build things for people like us.

Not othering

Not othering

Don’t treat the people who use your products as “other”.

Don’t treat the people who use your products as “other”.

SALES

SALES

Carrot or stick?

Carrot or stick?

Common tactics

Common tactics

Don’t shut people out.

Don’t shut people out.

It’s more than irritating

It’s more than irritating

21% of people living in the UK have a disability.

21% of people living in the UK have a disability.

Many people with disabilities have more than one type of impairment.

Many people with disabilities have more than one type of impairment.

Impairments intersect.

Impairments intersect.

Some impairments are temporary.

Some impairments are temporary.

We are all ageing.

We are all ageing.

We sabotage our future selves.

We sabotage our future selves.

We need to think in the long-term.

We need to think in the long-term.

Hire diverse teams

Hire diverse teams

Diversify our source material.

Diversify our source material.

Then we’re ready?

Then we’re ready?

Don’t be colonial.

Don’t be colonial.

Systemic inequality

Systemic inequality

Mainstream technology today is not inclusive.

Mainstream technology today is not inclusive.

Their technology enables harassment.

Their technology enables harassment.

Marginalised groups are more vulnerable to unethical technology.

Marginalised groups are more vulnerable to unethical technology.

We sabotage our future selves.

We sabotage our future selves.

We build the new everyday things.

We build the new everyday things.

1. Be independent.

1. Be independent.

2. Be the advisor.

2. Be the advisor.

3. Be the advocate.

3. Be the advocate.

4. Be the questioner.

4. Be the questioner.

5. Be the gatekeeper.

5. Be the gatekeeper.

6. Be difficult.

6. Be difficult.

7. Be unprofessional.

7. Be unprofessional.

8. Be the supporter.

8. Be the supporter.

Thank you

Thank you

Who do we really benefit with accessible technology and why do any of us bother at all? This talk will explore the motivations for our work, how to overcome some of our most common failings, and where inclusive design fits in our processes, approaches, outlooks and lives.

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