– Do more and more companies try to develop digital products that follow accessibility standards nowadays?
There's a wider understanding of UX as well as HCD. Accessibility is very important when it comes to those things. Has to be taken seriously, in my opinion, to make a good product.
Yes, but to be slightly cynical, I think it has been partly the result of recent governmental regulations and rising legal action regarding accessibility standards on the web.
Ok. I wasn't aware of the new regulations. (From Europe) That is probably a quite a big reason then.
I work in Norway and we have had government regulations regarding accessibility since 2013 - it's a legal requirement here now for both the private and public sector. So you pretty much just have accept and embrace it.
A few years ago when I was working in Australia, it was only a topic when we were working for government clients so the few times when we even considered the accessibility of a product, it was just because we had to.
Everything that has been said plus the Web accessibility Legislation and the various lawsuit in recent times are making it something big companies are taking very seriously.
Absolutely. It's better native tools built into the software we use to develop and design experiences. It's also due less fragmentation in the space in terms of browser/plug-in tech. Flash was an absolute nightmare in regards to any semblance of accessibility.
I think as a whole, designers have more empathy over the past 4-5 years. There is a lot more attention being paid to the user and their experience as a whole now than ever before.
Yes, and it's great! Accessibility standards are being adopted as digital design has matured to utilise them as an opportunity to reach the widest audience possible, instead of viewing them as a roadblock/constraint.
I am of the view that accessible digital design that prioritises universal design principles is the most effective way to ensure a product is useable/understandable by the most people., which is ultimately our primary objective right?!
Yes. Well put. I have had a feeling that designers are shifting their attitude - from being annoyed over having to follow the WCAG rules to see them as an positive challange.
I think there's more awareness and on the developer end, it's easier to throw basic a11y testing into your linting tools now than it was to test for it like 5 years ago. I personally don't work on any React JS projects without React a11y included.
Interesting. So you would say that the tools makes it easier now to build and test accessibility?
As far as development is concerned, yes. I think we have a ways to go in terms of tools for designers, since most tools like contrast checkers and color blind screen modes live outside of our design tools, rather than being integrated into them.
In Gary Hustwit's Objectified documentary, there was a handle design wherein by making it easy for people with arthritis to use something they made the product more ergonomic for everyone..
a rising tide lifts all boats...
On the dystopian side, though, you wind up with Harrison Bergeron.