The web is meant for everyone, and I am committed to designing useful, usable, and inclusive experiences.
I want as many people as possible to be able to use my website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colors, contrast levels and text sizes using your device settings.
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen.
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).
Standards and Testing #
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities (and user friendly for everyone). My site aims to conform to WCAG 2.2 level AA.
In addition to being tested on the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari, this site has been manually checked for ease of use with a keyboard and the VoiceOver screen reader. I also periodically audit the site using WAVE and Tenon, browser-based testing services.
Pages are structured with semantic elements like
footer, which may help you move around more quickly. The main content area of each page is marked with a
h1 (heading level 1), and each page’s structure should follow a logical heading order from there.
Each page on this website has a “skip to content” link at the top, and a “back to top” link at the very bottom.
Images are described with text alternatives, using the
alt attribute. This website’s colors were chosen to ensure there is sufficient color contrast between elements on each page. My site has been coded to honor user device preferences whenever possible.
I strive to use plain language throughout this site and use a readability checker to test my content and improve my writing.
Known Issues #
Any known issues will be listed or described here, as they are reported or as I discover them.
I can’t guarantee that all content linked to or embedded on this site is fully accessible, though I will do my best to link to accessible and inclusive sites whenever possible.
Share Feedback #
I am personally committed to educating myself on digital accessibility, sharing what I learn, and putting it into practice. That said, if you encounter any difficulty using my site, please let me know! You may file an issue on GitHub or email me directly. I take these issues very seriously and welcome your feedback and suggestions.
This page is heavily influenced by (and borrows liberally from) statements by Eric Bailey, Carie Fisher, Ethan Marcotte, and Marcy Sutton. You should check out their work and writing.
A11y* Resources #
The links below have helped me in my ongoing accessibility education. Most of these are beginner-friendly entry points to what can be a broad and sometimes complex topic. There are many more resources out there, but these are a few of my favorites.
- The A11y Project
- Accessibility Myths
- Inclusive Design Principles
- Overlay Factsheet
- Accessibility Weekly (email newsletter)
- A11y Talks (virtual meetup)
- WordPress Accessibility Meetup (virtual meetup)
*A11y is a compact abbreviation for accessibility with 11 (eleven) representing the count of letters between the letter a and the letter y.