171: Web Accessibility with Chris DeMars

February 26th, 2020 · 42 mins 55 secs

About this Episode

01:14 - Chris’s Superpower: His Ability to Sleep.

01:50 - Why Chris Wants To Talk About Web Accessibility

  • Top 3 Priorities When Building on the Web
    • Accessibility
    • Performance
    • Security

02:45 - Whose Responsibility Is It To Build An Accessible Web?

07:38 - How To Inform And Get Colleagues On Board With Accessibility

  • Understanding The Clientele
  • Have Numbers To Back It Up

11:45 - Image Descriptions

  • Alt Attributes
  • Twitter Adds Alt Text For .gifs

16:34 - Companies Deal With Accessibility Lawsuits

19:07 - Where To Start Making Changes

  • Only Shipping One Experience That Works For Everybody
  • Make Sure You Are Using Semantic Markup
  • Color Contrast
  • Make Sure There Are Alt Attributes On Your Images

27:50 - What Can Developers Do Today To Make Changes

  • Start With An Audit
  • Compare To Competitors

31:06 - Work Collaboratively With The Designers

34:15 - How To Be Accessible For Various Disabilities

  • Hearing
  • Cognitive
  • Physical

37:10 - Accessibility Can Benefit Everyone


Chris: Accessibility is not a requirement, it is a must. From Marcy Sutton: Every little bit of accessibility you contribute is so necessary and so needed.

Carina: The concrete useful examples such as audits are beneficial to business people.

Jacob: Wants to get better at using a screen reader to gain empathy about what the right thing is to do.

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