The Web and Media Accessibility Group AMA ๐ŸŽ‰

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What are your favorite stories about accessibility victories you were involved in? Did those victories teach you anything that might help the rest of us achieve more victories?

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Tatiana Mac's photo

My favourite accessibility victories are any interaction where someone responds to how to make something more accessible with excitement and a desire to learn how to work together to do that.

Most of the time, unfortunately, accessibility is met with a wall: "Why do we care about this? It's only X percentage of users." So, whenever a team seems keen to figure things out (even if they lack much knowledge around accessibility), I consider that a win.

The next step/prospective win is figuring out how to empower the team so that accessibility isn't my singular cross to bear, but something that's discussed when I'm not around. I find it to be a win when colleagues install accessibility tools into their workflow or share that they checked something with a screen reader or even asked during a meeting "How does this decision impact the accessibility of the product?"!

A personal win is that I spent most of this week learning about how to make complex tables accessible. It's really a clear demonstration of how it's far simpler to make the content accessible first by reducing complexity of the table, then with what we're left with, figuring out how to lightly sprinkle necessary aria and visuallyhidden attributes to ensure the data is presented in the most thorough way for as many people as possible.

Segun Ola's photo

A PM once asked "Segun, how long will it take to build this page if we didn't care about accessibility". I responded "the same time it'll take to make it accessible". I went on to deliver and the team made accessibility a product requirement.