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The why and the how

Accessibility matters.

Most web designers and developers are aware of this. Chances are if you have found this website you already understand the importance of accessibility, and want to make your website a pleasant experience for all users.

However, accessibility can be challenging especially for beginners.

The amount of information is overwhelming and often full of technical language which can be intimidating when you are just starting out in the web world.

Building an accessible website can feel a little like assembling flat-plack furniture. As hard as you try, you don’t fully understand the instructions, you’re just hoping it all comes together at the end.

The Aim

This website aims to ease that pain.

It is written simply in plain terms by a beginner for beginners. Even if you’re not a beginner hopefully you will find the logical way this website breaks down web accessibility helpful.

It starts with the essentials and then builds from there onto some more advanced accessibility features.

There will be websites out there with more detailed and technical descriptions, on accessibility in fact this website will link you to them. Neither is this a website for fancy accessibility tools. (a sometimes controversial area of accessibility design where you need to tread lightly).

On the resources page, I will recommend some of the best I have found which are free and simple to use.

This aim of this website is to explain accessibility in a relatable and logical way. It will aim to be the starting point for developing your expertise in web accessibility.  Giving you the blueprint you need to learn further and develop your knowledge step by step, becoming more and more confident with accessibility design and development.

About Me

Myself sat at a table smiling.

Hi I am Eddy,

I am a dyslexic web designer/ developer. As a dyslexic user I know how frustrating a website can be when it is not accessible (especially illegible fonts), whilst at the same time I know how difficult it can be to learn new things. My personal motivation for this website, therefore comes from two angles. Wanting to improve developers and designers knowledge of accessibility, whilst at the same time being empathetic towards making mistakes or struggling to understand a concept. Hopefully this website makes learning accessibility easier and a more enjoyable process.

Credits

Icons used on this site were sourced from the Noun Project using a education license. (You can visit the Noun Project here)

The code samples were created with a tool called Carbon (You can visit Carbon here)

This website was created as part of the MA in Web Design and Content Planning at the University of Greenwich.

Thank you to my tutors and fellow students whose feedback helped with the development of this project.