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Books you should read

Practical web inclusion and accessibility: A Practical Guide to Web Accessibility

Author: Ashley Firth

This excellent resource explores accessibility, through its effect on different disabilities, with each disability receiving their own chapter e.g. cognitive, sight, and motor issues. Whilst it segments content through type of disability, it also highlights the crossover between them, and maintains the ethos that considering, all users, should be starting point for building websites and not a checkbox exercise. It contains lots of practical examples, and uses language which is beginner friendly and relatable to both developers and designers.

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Inclusive Design Patterns: Coding Accessibility into Web Design.

Author: Heydon Pickering

A useful book full of practical code samples, on creating skip content links, magifiying text on the hover, and making accessible buttons amongst many more. You may find some of the code samples a little complex as a beginner, but there are plenty which are achievable even if you are new to html and css. Written in light-hearted, yet informative style it explains the key philsophies behind accessible web design in a relatable way.

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Inclusive Design for A digital world: Designing with Accessability in Mind

Author: Regine M Gilbert

This book gives detailed descriptions for how you should design and build accessible websites. It takes a more design led approach and so has less coding samples than some of the other books on this page. However, it is still full of practical and useful advice and includes several insightful case studies, such as how the BBC team made the Iplayer more accessible through research. It has very detailed and useful explanation of different types of colour blindness.

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Pro HTML 5 accessibility: Building an inclusive web

Author: Joshue O Connor

This book offers a detailed description of all of accessibility features within HTML 5. It is particularly useful for its descriptions of the accessibility benefits of semantic code, as well as aria labels. It also has a detailed process of how you can approach writing alt tags taking you through the thought processes involved step-by-step. Whilst  it was published back in 2012, its content is still highly relevant and a valuable resource to anyone learning accessibility. It also been written with a great sense of humour, is an engaging and enjoyable read throughout.

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