Compared to other public spaces, the internet provides us with choices for how we consume and interact. We can use various devices, browsers and operating systems; we can change the size and colour of text; we can navigate with a mouse, keyboard, finger or mouthpiece; or we can use a screen reader to convert words to sounds.
Whatever your needs or preferences, there’s almost certainly a way to access the web.
Theoretically.In reality, the web is a mess.
These accessibility options tend to be forgotten or stripped away, even though accessible websites and apps can absolutely still be beautiful, innovative and user-friendly.
This is more than an inconvenience. This is a human rights issue. Disabled people need these options in order to access the web.
Here are my thoughts on how we got into this mess, and what we can do.