Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Designers


My first 'real' interview was published yesterday, for Digital Web Magazine.

My victim was Sarah Horton (thanks Sarah!), author of Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Designers (published in July).


"Digital Web Magazine catches up with Web style maven Sarah Horton on the heels of the publication of her book Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Designers. Find out why Web applications get her goat and how you can put her “access by design” approach into practice for more accessible sites from the get-go."




I enjoyed doing it, but the process was harder work than I thought it would be.  The preparation (reading book, preparing questions) was fun to do and I interviewed Sarah via Skype (here's how)  to post as a transcript and podcast. Thanks to Mark Baarste who helped me think through some of the questions I would ask.


(I've posted the original mp3 recording of the interview - beware: Sarah's voice is a little faint (didn't get the levels right) but audible, is 30 mb, 57 mins).


What I didn't count on is the work involved in creating a transcript and in editing -  fortunately my lovely sister offered to write up the transcript (thanks sis!), but this hours took hours to do. The full transcript (Word) was over 3,700 words in the end.  I had to cut this to 2,000 for the final cut. The editing process challenging. I found it tricky to remove copy without changing the meaning, breaking the flow or ridding the questions and answers of their context. But I learnt a lot. Will I do it again? If DWM lets me!



  • Interview published at Digital Web Magazine
  • MP3 of interview (57 mins) Sarah's voice is faint (didn't get the levels right) but audible, is 30 mb
  • Full original transcript (Word)

Comments (1)

  1. Aaron says:

    Hi Alex

    Nice interview. Accessibility in the US doesn’t seem to have the same level of urgency about it as over here (for obvious reasons) so its nice to see that the topic is being given an airing. Even over here though, with laws that have been in force for a while, it is still a mine field and the entire topic has yet to find a level playing field on which to be implemented properly. There are a lot of so called gurus who are really just looking at ways to try and double charge clients for the same work and that is not helping matters.

    It’s good to see that you are staying on top of the issues and a real pleasure to read your blog. Glad you found me and led me to it.

    Aaron

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