Accessibility Resources

February 24, 20183 minute read
  • accessibility
  • web development

My current role at Condé Nast is to focus on Web Accessibility on a new platform that will power (most of) our brands.

While I am cooking up some good posts about my experiences and projects, I figured it would be helpful to create a living list of the top resources that I use on a regular basis.

Specifications

We'll start where we naturally should.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines" (WCAG), which are a fairly comprehensive list of guidelines for what makes a web page accessible. The current version is 2.0 (with 2.1 on the horizon). And there are multiple documents to reference when working to understand the WCAG 2.0.

Extra: If you want a good lay-mans terms of the WCAG 2.0 Spec, check out Alan Dalton's article "WCAG — for People Who Haven't Read Them"

As a supplement for that documentation there is the more descriptive, interactive reference for meeting the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines.

And some great documentation provided by the W3C specifically for developers are the Authoring Practices which give you code examples for a myriad of different components. This is probably my favorite place to start when looking for good examples for components.


Companies

Of course where would we be without Google, right? They have a great starting point, with lots of resources to help anyone getting started with accessibility.

They even created a free Udacity course for Web Accessibility ❤️


I also feel slightly obligated to mention Interactive Accessibility, which is a company that helps us with auditing our web pages. They have a lot of resources on their website. And, of course, they offer professional services if necessary.


Community

Here is my short list for valuable resources from the community:

  • A11yWeekly - a weekly newsletter with articles full of helpful information in the world of Web Accessibility.
  • The A11y Project - a pretty mature, open source project full of articles to help you learn all of the tips and tricks people have come up with.
  • A List Apart - a list of articles that may be a bit old, but still incredibly useful.
  • A Guide to Interface Design for Older Adults - an article that goes over how accessibility will be important for everyone eventually.

I hope this list helps you get started with you journey toward a more accessible web.

And be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions that should go on this list. I'd love to check them out, and add them to my arsenal. 😀


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