Interesting article. I wasn’t aware that Vint Cerf was deaf, or that Joybubbles, one of the first phreakers, was born blind.
We are the generation that invented and grew up with personal computers. It’s absurd to suggest that we are less capable of using technology.
It’s not just designing for imperfect vision, but for older tech too.
Not as daft as it sounds. It can show up a lot of accessibility issues, and just plain bad HTML markup choices.
Turns out that Adobe Acrobat doesn’t check that much when it comes to accessibility…
An extreme example, perhaps, but the author highlights a lot of issues that are applicable to everyone. Accessibility should be the default, not an afterthought.
The title may sound sensationalist, but the potential for segregation of people with blindness or other vision impairment online is very real. The Web should be accessible by default.
Ethan Marcotte discussed the depressing results of a recent survey by WebAIM of the top one million home pages and their accessibility. This is important, because in time this may well affect you and I.