This blog is like a compass for me. Helps me sail across the vast oceans of Web Accessibility topics. Helps me stay focused and keep course towards the direction I have chosen: E-commerce and Screen Reader issues. Yes, I’m convinced once a website is screen reader compatible, the remaining issues will be easy to solve.
Subdivisions into niches, like everything these days. I think it’s important to write about Web Accessibility for specific niches too. Ecommerce in my case. To reiterate concepts from different perspectives. Also, from different personal experiences and with different phrasing.
Inclusive Online Shopping
Nowadays, most people know what wheelchair ramps are for in supermarkets. Most shoppers, handicapped or not, find it useful to push that big button to automatically open the doors. Audio jacks have been available in ATMs for over 20 years. All the previous allow consumers with disabilities to exercise their shopping potential. At least to a certain measure. But, when shopping online. Why does it have to be any different?
Progress in web technologies should allow a better consumer experience, not worse. Without being experts, most people are aware of accessibility features for the physical world. So, I think it’s past due the time for most people to know what a Screen Reader is. Even if most people don’t use it. Chances are they might know someone who does.
A learning compass
This is a collection of reflections and experiences about what has worked for me. All the way from newbie to certified professional. Having made many notes about this subject. Also gathered several clips from here and there. And also, finding myself writing the same answers many times over to the same frequent questions. Consequently, the time has come to arrange all that into articles to share them as links.
Yet another Web Accessibility blog you may say. However, to me, it seems there aren’t too many when compared to other topics. I think there is never one too many articles about Web Accessibility, even if repetitive. There should be enough to create trends and stumble up them by cross-references.
The deeper we dive into Web Accessibility, the more we discover how vast it is. The uses and repercussions are many. Going from technical to legal. From UX to social. And yes, it’s a hard-to-read subject. The learning curve doesn’t come easy. It’s difficult to stay focused. Therefore, the need for a learning compass.