100 Days of A11y

Day 87: Guidelines, Laws, and Myths

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My intention today was to complete the first Deque course within the WAS certification prep program. I did do that, but not without being led to more resources that I need to read through. I've done a little research into US laws, but I need to read them again, plus read other laws mentioned in what I reviewed today. Looks like tomorrow's study session is laid out for me.

Thing I accomplished

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Completed guidelines, laws, and myths sections of Deque's Accessibility Fundamentals.

What I reviewed today

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Principles, guidelines, and authoring practices help create an accessible interaction between user and website or application. These guidelines and practices ensure that a variety of disabilities are taken into consideration.

I covered these more in detail on my own, which I've journalled on this site, but Deque does a decent job of getting the learner started with the basic principles and guidelines, and points them to official specifications. I'll admit, I need to go back and spend some serious review time to go over all these.


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Web accessibility laws usually fit into one of the following eleventyNavigation:
parent: "WAS"
title: "Day "

United States

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Other Regions

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The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has a comprehensive list of international accessibility policies. Additionally, PowerMapper has a list of government accessibility standards.

Myths and Misconceptions about Accessibility

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  1. It benefits only a small minority. Truth: It actually benefits everyone.
  2. It's a short-term project. Truth: It's on-going.
  3. It should be the last step. Truth: It needs to start at the beginning of the project and last throughout the project's life cycle.
  4. It's hard & expensive. Truth: Remediation is harder and more expensive than considering it throughout the life cycle.
  5. It's ugly. Truth: Most accessibility features are not visible to everyone.

Best takeaway

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Inaccessible web sites are not just inconvenient for people with disabilities, they are blocking.