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How I want to get from a11y minded to a11y expert

From the beginning of my self-taught front-end developer journey, I was interested in how to create apps and websites with accessibility in mind. I used semantic HTML and used Lighthouse on every project and felt really good about how accessible my websites were.

Perfect Lighthouse Score

Little did I know that this is just the tip of the iceberg and there is so much more to it. There are many great tools and guidelines you can use to check how accessible your website is and how you can improve it.

I would like to gain the knowledge in these guidelines as well as learn how to use the different testing tools.

How I want to structure my journey.

  1. I will write and publish this article (โœ…) and make it a series.
  2. I will write about accessibility in general to give the community an overview of a11y in web development.
  3. I will start updating my existing projects, analyzing them in an accessible way and updating them as needed, starting with my personal portfolio.
  4. I will make my personal brand (colors, font, ..) accessible.
  5. I will update my second project SOS Animals.

In the meantime

  • I will write about a11y in terms of specific elements such as navigation bars, headers, buttons, etc. and save examples as gist files.
  • I will write about a11y beyond components, more specific things like a11y in <head>, keyboard usage, and more.
  • I'm going to take the Google UX Design Certificate to learn about accessibility from a different perspective. Because a11y is not only developer's job, it concerns all of us.

Aspiration
My goal would be to be known for my accessibility skills and be responsible for a11y at work ๐Ÿ˜‡


Thank you

Thanks for your reading and time. I really appreciate it!

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InHuOfficial • Edited on

Welcome to the team! hehe.

I look forward to seeing all of your a11y articles, what you learn etc. etc.

You should connect with @abbeyperini on here / Twitter (if you haven't already) as they love a11y too and are making some really great content on a11y at the moment!

Also connect with @savvasstephnds and @colabottles as they are also real pros when it comes to accessibility stuff!

Oh and I know a few bits and pieces when it comes to a11y, so I am happy to help if you ever need it! โค

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Savvas Stephanides

Greg! Thank you so much for the mention! It made my day. Although, I wouldnโ€™t call myself an expert on accessibility, not by a long shot. Iโ€™m more than happy to help with regards to a11y if anyone ever needs any help! ๐Ÿ’™

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๐•๐•ฆ๐•๐•š๐•’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Author

Thanks, Savvas ๐Ÿ™‚

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InHuOfficial

Graham bud, but I will answer to Greg if you want ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ

Of course I mentioned you, you are doing yourself down, you are certainly very well versed in accessibility and I always enjoy your articles! โค๏ธ

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Savvas Stephanides

Oh yeah, sorry. The fact that you donโ€™t have your real name here doesnโ€™t help my dude ๐Ÿ˜†

Hearing you enjoy my articles means a lot to me! ๐Ÿ’œ

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Abbey Perini

OMG look how cute SOS Animals is!

Deque's providing free Accessibilty training next week for GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day)!

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๐•๐•ฆ๐•๐•š๐•’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Author

Thanks for your kind words ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Oh, good to know, I will check it out ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Thank you!

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๐•๐•ฆ๐•๐•š๐•’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Author

Thank you so much for your respond and greae suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚

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Todd Libby

Thanks for the mention, Graham! Truly appreciate the shout out! I'm always willing to help out in the community when and where I can!

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Ben Sinclair

My goal would be to be known for my accessibility skills and be responsible for a11y at work

In my place, one of my colleagues did this. A few of us were half-heartedly trying to get people to make more accessible designs and build more accessible components but it never really got much traction until she pitched it as an in-house a11y comittee to the management. We pushed the idea that it should be part of the product and not an after-thought, and ended up hosting a couple of small conventions. Good luck!

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๐•๐•ฆ๐•๐•š๐•’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Author

Thanks for sharing your story :)

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Chris Bongers

Wohoo, that's the spirit!
Can't wait to follow your journey ๐Ÿ’–
Currently also doing a whole series on accessibility, so hope we can learn a lot from each other.

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๐•๐•ฆ๐•๐•š๐•’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Author

Sounds great, Chris ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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Andrew Baisden

Looking forward to it I really enjoy following other developers journeys it is always full of insight. All these accessibility articles are making a difference.