Toolbox: Accessibility Tools27 Feb 2016
Here’s an interesting statistic: according to Blindness Statistics from the American Foundation for the Blind…
findings from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Preliminary Report established that an estimated 20.6 million adult Americans (or nearly 10% of all adult Americans) reported they either “have trouble” seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all.
That’s a lot of people who may need a little help when computing. Even my aging eyes need a little extra help from time to time.
In my February 2016 column for Visual Studio Magazine, Tips and Tools for Making Accessibility a Developer Priority, I looked into some of the best tools and techniques for developing and testing accessibility in applications and web sites. The tooling has become much better in recent years, and Windows-based development is starting to catch up with what’s been available on OS X and iOS for years.
Make accessibility for all users a priority. It’s the right thing to do.