Hi, I'm Fiona and I am the Development Director at Xibis. We make bespoke websites, apps and IoT solutions.
I still manage to get stuck in with development fairly often, primarily in C#, ASP.NET MVC.
I've been a full stack web developer for about 10 years now.
My experience of making websites accessible is that it can take quite a lot of effort, particularly if you aren’t starting from scratch. It’s always easier to consider accessibility from the start of a build.
I wrote a blog post about accessibility on my old developer blog in 2015 and it was really popular, so I decided to learn more about it.
I already had a decent amount of experience making sites accessible, as my first web development role was making software for schools, which has to meet WCAG Level AA.
My aim with this site is to provide guidance, plugins and tools to help developers make their sites more accessible. This would be a much more interesting story if I required assistive technology myself or had a close family member that did. In fact, I just feel like it is a very neglected aspect of software development that has the potential to make lives easier. Knowing how inaccessible most websites are, browsing must be a real struggle for some users, and I’d like to make it better.
Web accessibility is more straightforward than you'd think. This course starts with an inaccessible web form and steps through each of the changes necessary to make it accessible, including an introduction to testing with free screen reader software.
E-Commercial Conference 2015 – Mobile Apps vs Responsive Sites
Pluralsight Meet the Authors 2016 – Using a Screen Reader to Test Accessibility