Learning about accessibility can be a daunting task.
For the last few months whenever I’ve found a useful resource I’ve been adding it to a wiki page at work. This is turning into a useful resource itself. As promised in my last article here’s my first post to help share these resources.
Here’s a collection of accessibility blogs that I regularly visit.
- The Paciello Group Blog Contains an incredible weath of technical information about ARIA, HTML 5, screen readers and accessibility testing. The main contibutor is Steve Faulkner, a HTML Working Group member at W3C, and expert in WAI-ARIA and accessibility.
- The Yahoo! Accessibility Lab’s Library Includes code snippets and patterns for building accessible web sites as well as presentations and tutorials explaining accessibility.
- Accessible Culture Personal blog of Jason Kiss, a web accessibility and standards researcher located in Wellington, New Zealand. Lots of information about WAI-ARIA and screen readers.
- Simply Accessible Articles by accessibility expert Derek Featherstone.
- Web Standards Sherpa Web Standards Sherpa’s experts provide helpful, pragmatic and up-to-date advice on best practices for web professionals everywhere – including accessibility, content and usability.
- Humanising Technology Blog Articles from Nomensa, a user-experience design agency base in Bristol.
- The Tink Tank Personal blog of Leonie Watson, Director of Accessibility & Web Development for Nomensa. Includes insights to using a screen reader and ARIA.
- Henny Swan’s blog Henny is currently the Senior Accessibility Specialist at the BBC and previously worked at Opera and the RNIB and is an expert in mobile accessibility.
- Unrepentant Personal blog of John Foliot, a 12 year veteran of Web Accessibility. Co-Chair, HTML5 Accessibility Task Force and former manager of the Stanford Online Accessibility Program.
- Marco’s accessibility blog Personal blog of Marco Zehe, Mozilla accessibility QA engineer who previously worked Freedom Scientific, the manufacturer of JAWS. Marco was totally blind at birth and has been using a screen reader since 1991. Marco provide insights to using a screen reader, and shares tips on WAI-ARIA and improving web accessibility.
- Alex’s blog Personal blog of Alexander Surkov, Mozilla accessibility developer. Provides in-depth technical details and updated about Firefox accessibility.
- Terrill Thompson Terrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist with the University of Washington
- Web Axe Podcast and blog on practical web design accessibility tips.
- Web Standards, Accessibility & More Personal blog of Dennis E. Lembree, a Web site professional specializing in web standards, usability and accessibility and host of Web Axe.
- Great Things About Being Blind! Personal blog of Kim Kilpatrick, a storyteller and disability awareness presenter.
- WebAIM Blog WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. There website is an incredible resource.
- Knowbility blog – Universally designed Knowbility, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the independence of children and adults with disabilities by promoting the use and improving the availability of accessible information technology.
- Hassell Inclusion Hassell Inclusion is a inclusion and accessibility consultancy founded and directed by accessibility expert Professor Jonathan Hassell. Jonathan is the lead-author of BS 8878 (Web Accessibility: Code of Practice).
- Karl Groves Accessibility expert and director of training at Deque Systems.
- 456bereastreet Personal blog of Swedish Front-end developer Roger Johansson with over 400 posts on accessibility
- Yahoo! User Interface Blog – Accessibility Category Articles about the YUI Library and frontend engineering/web design in general
Lots of bloggers use pagination for their archives which makes it hard to see what gems of information are hidden away. A couple of weeks ago I spent an evening scrapping some of the above sites to create a page listing the contents of a few key accessibility websites – which I thought I’d also share. I plan on creating a usable interface to expose the archive of this website when I have more content. I urge you to do the same if you have a blog. Thanks to Steve Faulkner for creating a single page archive for The Paciello Group Blog after my suggestion on Monday.
A great website for keeping informed with the latest accessibility news, which I only stumbled upon yesterday, is the Daily A11y times. Also checkout a11ybuzz – where you can monitor up-to-date accessibility news, articles, and resources in one place
The following are not strictly accessibility blogs but are by some internationally renowned web developers and educators who share a passion for accessibility and interoperability.
- Aaron Gustafson: Easy Designs Blog Aaron Gustafson is the Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), former technical editor of A List apart, author of Adaptive Web Design – Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement. Aaron also initiated Web Standards Sherpa.
- Christain Heliman Christain Heliman is principal technical evangelist at Mozilla. The following article was inspired by some of Christian’s 2008/9 presentations Let’s talk and teach, not fight, about accessibility
- Jeremy Keith: Adactio Jeremy Keith is web developer and author. He coined the term Hijax for the application of progressive enhancement to AJAX.
- Bruce Lawson’s personal site Bruce Lawsone is a open web standards evangelist for Opera, a member of the Web Standards Project’s Accessibility Task Force and co-author of Introducing HTML5
- Nicholas C. Zakas: NCZOnline Nicholas C. Zakas is a front-end consultant, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage. Presentations include Accessibility on the Yahoo Homepage and Progressive enhancement 2.0
If you regularly use any other blogs to keep up to date with web accessibility news, advice or techniques please leave a comment to share it with others.