In this special podcast we are talking accessibility, and specifically, educating website owners about this important issue.
Have you ever found someone you have spent those times on Skype catching up with and just talking about whatever comes to you mind? And at the same time, you realize that individual has never been on one of your podcasts?
Well, that’s what happened to me. My guest today, Jackie D’Elia, has a wealth of knowledge, has recently immersed herself in accessibility, and has a passion to let the world know about it.
I am sure that we all have a ways to go when it comes to making our content accessible to everyone. Even my site isn’t perfect— and I know that. But by talking to knowledgable people and listening to others, I know that I will get there and so will most people. That is why I wanted to talk to Jackie about educating site owners, designers and developers, and everyone in between on.
We began the conversation with the basics: educating the average website owner about accessibility and the key points we need to think about when starting that conversation. Then we moved our focus to designers and developers because it is super important that they understand this. Jackie shared how they can get the right information and implement it correctly. What we want to avoid is someone rushing into accessibility only for the sake of jumping on the bandwagon.
Jackie also shared some ideas for how both developers and content creators can take action with a few simple solutions. She also gave us some of the common mistakes that she sees happening time and time again on website she visits.
We rounded it off with thoughts on future challenges. With technology changing, and things like virtual reality and chat bots gaining momentum, will accessibility be able to keep up with them or will it become second-nature as the importance of accessibility gains it own momentum?