Aaron Cannon’s Web Accessibility Checklist
~ 09 June 2008 ~
I have the privilege of having several capable individuals on my team, one of which is Aaron Cannon, blind web developer and accessibility consultant. In his recent article, “The Accessibility Checklist I Vowed I’d Never Write”, Aaron explains the problems with a “simple checklist that, when followed, will give you an accessible site without fail.” No such checklist exists or likely ever will.
However, as Aaron, myself, and others have been wrestling with establishing in-house training material, we’ve found a one-page checklist to be a necessary supplement to our approach, in addition to workshops, design reviews, and so forth:
When I wrote the below checklist, I attempted to answer the question, ‘What concise pieces of advice can I give to designers that will have the greatest impact on accessibility in the majority of cases?’ Again, this list is not the perfect solution, nor is it the only solution, but I believe it is a good first step, and it gives our developers and designers a place to start from.
Available for download is Aaron’s checklist (PDF):
You can also find these guidelines in text format in Aaron’s article.
We’re posting this publicly with the hope that 1) it’ll be of benefit to the community and 2) you offer your critique and feedback. Please consume, print, and critique it.
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