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Guest Post: Why Accessibility Matters

Bridge open from the center

I wrote an article in Envato Tuts+ site, it’s called Building an Inclusive Web: Why Accessibility Matters. In that article I share my ideas form empathy to accessibility laws.  It all boils down to quote from Andrea Fercia.

Would you build a bridge that only a specific type of car can use?

In the article I challenge you to take action and try to build that bridge for everyone. In my ideal world we wouldn’t even need words inclusive design or accessibility. But life isn’t black and white, there is no such thing as 100% accessible website for everyone.

But that shouldn’t stop us using the best practises of inclusive design and accessibility. At first it’s about mental switch, then practical work flow follows.

Why I wrote in Envato site?

I usually write in my own site but I have written several guest posts to others also. In this case I wrote Envato Tuts+ site for a couple of reasons:

  • I was asked to write accessible related articles. There are good people working for Envato and it felt good I was trusted to write for them.
  • Envato have larger audience than my site. I also hope couple of Themeforest theme developers make that accessibility mental switch.
  • For the first time I got paid for writing. Which was nice.

I hope you read the original article why accessibility matters to me.