Designing Accessible Websites, Applications and Content
Developing accessible web sites improves overall usability for
everyone, supports search engine optimization (SEO), and provides fair
and equitable access for people with diverse abilities. As a developer
of web sites, apps, or digital content, adding accessibility skill
sets to your toolbelt will equip you to solve complex problems through
innovation that average developers cannot solve. If you are able to
approach a development task with a broader understanding of your user
base and with the technical chops to design for diverse populations,
you are more likely to develop a superior, robust solution. The
following resources are valuable tools for developing strong
accessibility development and content design skills.
Web Development Resources
Web Accessibility Tutorials - The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative’s collection of tutorials
on creating accessible web content, including page structure,
menus, images, tables, forms and carousels.
Developing for Web Accessibility - A W3C Web Accessibility Initiative resource that "introduces
some basic considerations to help you get started developing web
content that is more accessible to people with disabilities.”
Designing for Web Accessibility - Tips from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative on making
accessible user interfaces and visual designs.
Constructing a POUR Website - An article by WebAim that discusses motivations for creating
accessible web content, understanding the user’s perspectives and
needs, how to move beyond technical accessibility, and focusing
on the four main guiding principles of accessibility in WCAG 2.0:
Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust (POUR).
Accessible Design Across Platforms
Accessibility - Windows Dev Center - Includes resources for developers on designing inclusive
products, testing for accessibility, exposing information to
assistive technologies and many other accessibility best
practices for developers.
Android Developer Accessibility - Resources that provide information on accessibility best
practices for design and user interaction and how to test Android
apps for accessibility.
Apple Developer Accessibility - Resources for building accessible iOS, macOS, and watchOS
Creating Accessible Content
Writing for Web Accessibility – W3C Web Accessibility Initiative providing basic considerations
for writing accessible web content that includes page titles, use
of headings for semantic structure, making link text meaningful,
alternative text for images, providing clear instructions and
keeping content clear and concise.
Making Audio & Video Media Accessible – W3C Web Accessibility Initiative providing information on
understanding user needs, how to make audio and video accessible,
examples of accessible videos and benefits of accessible media to
organizations and individuals.
CADET (Caption and Description Editing Tool) - A free caption-authoring software that enables anyone to
produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any
media player that supports the display of captions.