[Podcast] CanUX 2007: Accessible User Experience Design


Imagine you listen to a webpage rather than view it in order to decide how to interact with it. How different is it? How fast should the webpage be read to you by a screen reader? What's the logical order should the screen reader read the page so that it makes sense to you? If you have a minute and haven't heard a screen reader reading a website before. I strongly encourage you to listen to the first minute of my podcast, where I showed a clip from a screen reader. It'll give you a whole new perspective on user experience design. It's quite challenging already to design for everyday users, what about designing for the people who can't see, move, or remember,...

I have a chance to sit down with Derek Featherstone at CanUX. Derek is a web accessibility guru, he founded the web development and accessibility consultancy Further Ahead, which is based in Ottawa. We talked about his view on accessible user experience design, the common mistakes designers make related web accessibility, tips for accessible web design, and the opportunity of making website more accessible with today's rich web applications built in AJAX and scripting languages.

The screen reader clip I showed can be found here.

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone is a well known instructor, speaker and developer with expertise in web accessibility consulting.

Derek delivers technical training that is engaging, informative and immediately applicable. A high-quality instructor, he draws on his background as a former high school teacher plus seven years running his web development and accessibility consultancy Further Ahead, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

His experience includes hands-on development, web accessibility consulting and training. He advises many government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies providing them with expert accessibility testing and review and recommendations for improving the accessibility of their web sites to all people.

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