Bogdan Cerovac on Digital Accessibility (A11y)

This blog is my public weekly log of my accessibility journey. Feel free to get in touch, and if you need some accessibility support – please visit my Accessibility Services page.

Accessibility is a very wide but also very deep field. There is a lot to learn, actually the learning never stops. It’s impossible to know about everything, so we need to share what we learn. Sometimes we even need to un-learn.

I am trying to write about my experiences and thoughts on accessibility and also providing some useful resources for everybody that want’s to learn more on accessibility and make it an essential part of our online experiences.

I decided to write in English as I feel it can reach more people than if I write in Norwegian or in Slovenian.

To summarize some of the reasons behind this blog:

  • to write about my experiences with implementing, testing and promoting accessibility,
  • to collect, review and extend useful accessibility resources,
  • to write about digital production and how to make it more accessible,
  • to reflect on universal design for digital solutions,
  • to help to narrow down the differences between humans and make a web accessible for all, like it was meant to be.

Accessibility is not a feature, it’s crucial. If things are not accessible we discriminate people. Not only people with permanent disabilities but also people in difficult situations or life phases.

Bogdan Cerovac

What does “A11y” stand for – what does it mean? It’s short for accessibility.

The word accessibility is abbreviated to “a11y,” with the number eleven in the middle referring to the number of letters that the word contains between the first and last letter. It follows an information and communications technology (ICT)-oriented convention, just like internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n), which are used mostly in the software community.

A11y – 4 characters that include a whole new world for a newcomer and does not stop to amaze or disturb even more experienced developers!

Accessibility is the practice of making your websites usable by as many people as possible. We traditionally think of this as being about people with disabilities, but the practice of making sites accessible also benefits other groups such as those using mobile devices, or those with slow network connections.

The best time to make things accessible is before you let them be used by people. The second best time is now.

My variation of old Chinese proverb about planting trees

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Author: Bogdan Cerovac

I am IAAP certified Web Accessibility Specialist (from 2020) and was Google certified Mobile Web Specialist.

Work as digital agency co-owner web developer and accessibility lead.

Sole entrepreneur behind IDEA-lab Cerovac (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility lab) after work. Check out my Accessibility Services if you want me to help your with digital accessibility.

Also head of the expert council at Institute for Digital Accessibility (in Slovenian).

Living and working in Norway (🇳🇴), originally from Slovenia (🇸🇮), loves exploring the globe (🌐).

Nurturing the web from 1999, this blog from 2019.

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