Thursday, January 20, 2005

Aesthetically Pleasing and Accessible; Why doesn't it happen more often?

One group that web accessibility advocates often have a harder time getting the message across to is web & graphic designers. Web accessibility is often seen as a gigantic creativity kill joy for designers. They don't want to take the time and the energy.

How do we get our message across? How do we get them to understand that their needs to be a change of mindset, where accessibility becomes part of the development and design proccess?

CSSZenGarden.com is a great example of the celebration of the use of standards compliance and attractively designed web sites.

Bob Regan of Macromedia gave a presentation called, "Web Accessibility and Design: A Failure of the Imagination", at the Designing for the 21st Century Conference. He examines the gaps or disconnects between the message of accessibility and web designers. He also looks at what we can learn and do better.

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