Accessibility as a Framework
When I tweeted this awhile back:
If web designers and developers put as much energy into accessibility as they do building “frameworks,” the Web would be a lot better off.
One response really got my mind turning:
Sounds like a11y could use a framework.
I’ve chewed on that ever since. I responded with:
It’s less about needing another framework and more about collaborating, infusing a11y into existing projects.
We use frameworks because they give us a head start on our design or code while allowing us to employ battle-tested, repeatable patterns so we can create a higher quality product in less time.
In my original response, I was on the right track, but I missed the point, really. The core of my response could have been:
View accessibility as a framework. A mindset that helps you create software, web pages and applications that work for everyone.
Infusing accessibility patterns and best practices into your project will get you to higher-quality products faster. It’s the framework that comes with the web.