An extension that simulates the appearance of a site as seen by people with slight to extreme vision problems.
The color-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch. Design with accessibility in mind.
If we can make the effort to care about cross-browser compatibility then we can make the effort to care about cross-person compatibility.
That is one of the simplest, yet most effective points ever made about Accessibility in the realm of Web development. If you are in the least bit involved in any aspect of Web design or development, you should read What does Accessibility mean? It’s long, but well worth your time.
If you’re a believer, Jonathon provides a couple more rounds of ammunition, including a concise breakdown of the accessibility lawsuit (PDF) against Target.com. If you are unsure, or feel that accessibility isn’t important, you’ll learn a lot from his post.
This is important. I recently agreed to join the advisory board for AIR Interactive & Access U to lend my efforts to this extremely important cause. Every site on the Web should be accessible to all visitors. Yes, a balance must be struck, but right now the balance is tipped in the wrong direction. The effort to implement sites properly, ensuring everyone can access them is small.
Read the article. Think about how you work. Change what should be changed.
Accessible, standards-compliant, quality sites should cost more than their shabbily constructed brethren. You may worry that you’ll lose business to your competition, but realize that you’re not really competing with those who produce inferior work.
Mike provides a great breakdown of the importance of Accessibility from a business perspective. If you build accessibly, you are by definition better at your job as a Web professional than a person who does not. The site you provide your client is of a higher quality, which will provide them benefits beyond doing the right thing for all visitors. I won’t go into all of the details as I hope to write an article around the business benefits of accessibility some time soon, but check out the article and Mike’s blog which provide a wealth of information. Mike is a great voice in the Web Development and Accessibility world, and well worth adding to your RSS feeds.