I was challenged by Chapter 12 of “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug.
So many interfaces that designed and developed over the past four years, yet so little attention paid to accessibility beyond a basic attention to usability…
Ultimately, what allowed this reading to convince me that this is a problem is that it succinctly called out the exact excuses I find myself using when it comes to avoiding building accessible user interfaces. Yes, thinking about accessibility often feels tedious. Yes, I do genuinely fear compromising on elegant design by fixing particular accessibility issues. Yes, it isn’t easy to build accessible interfaces; the basic actions behind UI design and development are not perfectly suited for doing so.
As Krug puts it, however, “the fact that it’s not a perfect world at the moment doesn’t let any of us off the hook.”
I decided to evaluate an interface I’ve been working on over the past academic year to officially end my dry-spell of punting on accessibility considerations. Enjoy:
Steve, Krug. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited (Voices That Matter) (p. 178). Pearson Education. Kindle Edition.