Martín Morales

Indieweb carnival - the personal web made me re-think accessibility

I’ve been developing software (mainly android apps) for over than five years, but also I consumed wide range of software, including web, webapps, native apps or embedded. Many of these digital solutions are developed with the latest technologies.

However two years ago I received a feedback regarding a bug discovered in a form with numerous input text fields. There is not a problem when the development is focused to touch screens; you can use virtual keyboard in those devices and you can configure focus behavior on fields by using ImeAction.

Then I met with QA team, who told me: what if the user has a non-touch screen? what is the focus behavior of those input fields when there is not a digital keyboard?. Accessibility was the first thing that came to mind for me, even though I had never considered it.

I implemented a solution to that bug and in response to these questions, I’m attempting to follow the best practices for accessibility, particularly the visual aspect.

I recently discovered a website that describes how people with visual diseases perceive colors on websites. This resource is interesting and impactful to me because it shows how certain colors and combinations affect presentation of the content to people with visual diseases.

In recent years, we have focused on creating and launching products for a social sector that promotes inclusion and color. But what about those who have always been there? Those who are often overlooked because they have different qualities and want to have a voice in this world. What can we offer them?

In conclusion, A highly interactive or colorful site web or app is not synonymous with accessibility.

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