Question Time: Thinking About Website Accessibility
Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable.
Today’s question revolves around website accessibility. There are scores of guides to making websites more accessible, and even some accessibility standards for websites. But if there’s one thing we know at FWD, it’s that “accessibility” is not one size fits all, and in fact sometimes accessibility needs actively conflict. While these guides make a great start for people who are just beginning to think about accessibility, they barely scratch the surface, and we would like to delve a little bit more deeply into what “accessibility” really means (and can be) on the web.
So: What makes a website accessible for you personally? (I, for example, have hand tremors, so I like it when spaces for clickable actions are big and well separated so that I don’t click the wrong thing, and don’t have to struggle to get the cursor to the right place. That’s not something I see mentioned very often in accessibility guides. ) Have you ever had a situation where you identified an accessibility issue on a website and asked someone to address it? What happened? If you run your own website, how do you address accessibility, especially when requests conflict? Do you have a quick list of things you look for right away when you see a website to decide if you want to/can stick around? Any pet peeves?