Transcript from the "Course Overview" Lesson
>> Marcy Sutton: So accessibility. To me, this is all about making the web more inclusive with and for people with disabilities. So including people with disabilities and our user testing and our design reviews, working with people so that we're making the most accessible projects we can. And, all the time, trying to make things accessible regardless of whether we are working with people with disabilities but that should be your goal.
[00:00:26] And a resource that I really like to learn about how accessibility applies to all of us is Microsoft's Inclusive Design Toolkit. And I have a link in the slides, it is a PDF download at bit.ly/microsoft-inclusive-toolkit. And what I like about this resource is they have a series of personas that talk about how accessibility can apply to someone who has a permanent disability.
[00:00:50] Maybe you're blind from birth, or maybe you break your arm or you had eye surgery, so more of a situational or temporary disability. An inclusive design is the practice that we're designing for all of these different scenarios and personalities and just all the different ways of life that humans have.
[00:01:11] And so being able to bake that into our designs and our websites and our web applications, to me is amazing. Technology can be a big equalizer. But unfortunately, it is not always top of mind. I hear a lot of people say, it's not something we're strong at, and I'm pretty optimistic.
[00:01:28] I think we can learn and we can do better with every commit and every pull request and every project that we work on. So, don't get discouraged, just do it a little bit as you go along, try and get better and we'll make a big difference that way.
[00:03:07] We definitely can't get to all of it and we could go much, much deeper into a lot of these patterns. But I wanna show you the concepts that you need to know if you're building an application for accessibility.
>> Marcy Sutton: So here's what we're gonna cover in this course.
[00:03:42] And then we'll do a bit of automated testing later on with unit tests and integration tests. So that if you're doing all this work for accessibility, you can ensure that it's baked in your application. And, either a co-worker won't break it or you won't break it in case you forgot how that feature worked.
[00:03:57] It's a bit of a contract that you can build in your applications, and accessibility has a big part of that. And then we'll do some Q&A I think throughout but then especially at the end