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Accessibility Mythbusting

Accessibility Mythbusting

Debunking many of the most prevalent myths around web accessibility. Originally created for WDCNZ 2013 in Wellington, NZ.

Nic Steenhout

July 25, 2013
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  1. Accessibility NZ
    Accessibility Mythbusting
    WDCNZ 2013
    Wellington
    Nicolas Steenhout
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  2. Definition
    Web Accessibility: The inclusive practice of
    making websites usable by everyone, regardless
    of ability or disability.
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  3. Lots and Lots of Myths
    • More than can be discussed in 30 minutes!
    • Will cover as many as possible
    • Longer list will be posted on
    accessibility.net.nz
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  4. Accessibility is Sole
    Responsibility of Developers
    • Developers
    • Designers
    • Content Managers
    • Site Owners
    • User Agents
    • Legislators
    • Educators
    • End Users
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  5. Accessibility is Expensive
    • Some cost to learn skills
    • HTML is HTML
    • No more expensive if included at start
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  6. Accessible Sites Are Boring or
    Ugly
    • Text-only != accessible
    • Historical – old tech vs new tech
    • Beautiful, media rich, interactive, accessible
    • CSS Zen Garden
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  7. Accessibility is Only for Few
    People
    • No metrics for visitors with disabilities
    • Not just disability
    • Numbers game
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  8. Accessibility Does Not Apply to
    my Site / Product / System
    • Never know who uses a product
    • User without a disability may acquire disability
    • Family / Friends
    • People with disabilities participate in ALL
    aspects of life.
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  9. Accessibility is Just for the
    Blind
    • Vision
    • Hearing
    • Physical / Mobility
    • Learning / Cognitive
    • Neurological
    • No Disability
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  10. Disabled People Don’t Use the
    Net
    • No reason NOT to use the net
    – Except non-accessible sites!
    • Online shopping vs in-store shopping
    • Online, nobody sees you have a disability
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  11. Only Experts Can Do
    Accessibility
    • Most techniques easy to implement
    • Basic knowledge of tools required
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  12. Machine Testing is
    Good Enough
    • Not everything can be programmatically
    checked
    • Not all automation tools check all issues
    • Good starting point
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  13. Accessibility – All or Nothing
    • Some accessibility features == better than
    nothing
    • Implement as much as you can
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  14. WCAG Compliance Ensures
    Access
    • No guideline can cover all possible issues
    • Changing technologies
    • Common barriers
    • Heck of a good start
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  15. Accessibility is Optional
    • Legal Requirements
    • Business Imperative
    • Ethical Consideration
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  16. Asking a Blind Friend to Test is
    Good Enough
    • User level of experience
    • User specific technology
    • Accessibility isn’t only about vision issues
    • Engage proper user testing – e.g. Knowbility
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  17. Can Add-On Accessibility Later
    • Reliance on 3rd Party add-ons
    • Building site in stages – Accessibility last
    • Accessibility is part of user experience
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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  18. Accessibility is a Necessary Evil
    • SEO
    • Cost savings
    • Increased website use
    • Improved interoperability
    • Reduced server loads
    @vavroom #a11y #wdcnz

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