My name’s Fiona and I’m Director of Software Development 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’m rarely working on the same project for more than a month or two, which is something I love as it helps me learn and improve.
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 and it was really popular, so I decided to learn more about it.
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.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on social media.
In the Press
Website Magazine – November 2015 – Designing for Web Accessibility
E-Commercial Conference 2015 – Mobile Apps vs Responsive Sites
Hobbies and Artwork
I’m a pretty creative person and so if I’m not getting enough chances to play with UX at work, I paint my nails with detailed art and blog about it over at my other site, POW Nails. I also make jewellery and have an Etsy shop, mainly as an excuse to buy more things to craft with.
Recently, I’ve been doing ink and watercolour paintings of Pokemon.