The tweet that rocked my world
Thinking back, I still don’t know why this particular tweet hit home so hard. It still does. Probably because I value my autonomy so much that I can turn into a real dragon when I feel someone or something is hindering that on one hand. And me picturing myself in that man’s shoes, on the other hand.
Until I followed an introductory webinar given by Rian Rietveld from the A11Y Collective, I never realized my knowledge about accessibility was poor. I mainly knew about color contrast basics, heading order and not to use very funky fonts. That bit of knowledge covered only a relatively small percentage of all there is to learn and implement. In the webinar, I learned how to use the built-in screen reader on my Mac. And when I tried it on my own website back then, shame made me want to hide under my desk.
The more I learned about the “why”, the easier it became to grasp the “how”. And the more I grasped the “how” the more I understood that making a website accessible is not rocket science.
In that process, I realized that the online world needs accessibility made accessible to the people who, directly or indirectly, can make it happen: everyone who has anything to do with creating and publishing something online.