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👭 The Importance of Being an #A11y 👭 | The Blogsmith #110

Hey Listies, Now that it's so ingrained in our daily lives, we take the Internet for granted. Thanks
👭 The Importance of Being an #A11y 👭 | The Blogsmith #110
By Maddy Osman • Issue #110 • View online
Hey Listies,
Now that it’s so ingrained in our daily lives, we take the Internet for granted.
Thanks to handheld technology like smartphones, and computers with fast processing speeds, we assume that access is easy for everyone.
But this assumption fails to account for those who don’t fit the mold of the average Internet user.
It doesn’t account for those who have issues with their vision.
It doesn’t account for temporary disabilities, like broken fingers.
It doesn’t account for people who access the internet using less than 3G speeds.
Those who proactively fight for better accessibility for everyone refer to themselves as allies (using the hashtag “#a11y”).
Can we count you amongst our ranks?
Whether or not you’re personally suffering from some type of Internet access issue today doesn’t mean that this state of affairs will always be the case. In real life, people get hurt, they grow older, and develop conditions that impact their ability to carry out “normal” tasks.
This is precisely why accessibility is worth focusing on. It’s not just for the good of other people — it’s an investment in our own futures!
That’s why it’s so disheartening when big brands like Domino’s would rather fight a contentious legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court versus taking the steps necessary to make their website accessible to the blind.
Whatever your viewpoint on the situation, you could be in legal trouble for a failure to design a business website with accessibility in mind.
Specifically, if you have at least 15 full-time employees that operate for 20 or more weeks each year, you could be sued for having a non-accessible website.
So… how do you make a website accessible, exactly?
Let’s pick this back up in the next edition of this newsletter.
But if you want to get ahead on some research in the meantime, check out freeCodeCamp’s article on the topic.
Until next time,
Maddy Osman, The Blogsmith

This past Tuesday, on the panel at the Boulder WordPress Meetup
This past Tuesday, on the panel at the Boulder WordPress Meetup
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