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Steve Krug Boston-IA Jan. 26, 2006 Real-Life Accessibility or How I Should Have Spent my Summer Vacation
© 2001 Steve Krug Who is this guy, anyway? Steve Krug (steev kroog) (noun) 1. Son, husband, father 2. Resident of Brookline, Massachusetts 3. Usability consultant, author
© 2001 Steve Krug This evening Apologia How/why I got myself into this mess A walk through the chapter My report card A brief history of my site Before and after: Conversation with Boston-IA's P.J. Gardner (and you) A few closing thoughts
© 2001 Steve Krug Apologia Like to apologize in advance to anyone I might offend Not a bad person, really (I think) Political Correctness makes me edgy, sometimes escalating to irascible Again, my apologies
© 2001 Steve Krug Apologia, continued I don’t like engaging in debates Inveterate lurker on listserv’s Not a bum; contribute in off-list Debates usually seem more heat than light It all feels like Fox News to me Life is too short So please don’t me to debate But I’m happy to discuss (even heatedly) face- to-face (e.g., here tonight) Ask questions as we go along
© 2001 Steve Krug Hoist by my own petard Been asking myself: How did I end up here? For 'tis the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his owne petar Hamlet, Act III, Scene iv This Is Your Bed, You Made It, Now Lie In It Bob Goulding and Ray Elliot
© 2001 Steve Krug How I got into this mess I really never intended to talk about accessibility NOT an accessibility expert Don’t even play one on TV Most of you may know much more about accessibility than I do I don’t plan on becoming an expert Sherlock Holmes got it right That’s why we have books, Google, and... P.J. Gardner!
© 2001 Steve Krug So why a chapter? Figured accessibility was the right thing As in “doing the right thing” But they weren’t selling me, somehow And I should have been an easy sell Most small sites are dancing as fast as they can even without thinking about accessibility Interested whether there was a real conflict Is accessibility the enemy of design? Do buttered cats really exist?
Some advocates cite 50% and higher! (Loses credibility...) Some advocates cite 50% and higher! (Loses credibility...)
© 2001 Steve Krug A walk through the chapter Added to the second edition of Don't Make Me Think “Accessibility, Cascading Style Sheets, and you” Download it (for your personal use) NotForDistribution.pdf
© 2001 Steve Krug A walk through the chapter #1. Fix the usability problems that confuse everyone #2. Read an article “Guidelines for accessible and usable web sites: Observing users who work with screen readers” Ginny Redish and Mary Theofanos #3. Read a book #4. Start using Cascading Style Sheets #5. Go for the low-hanging fruit
© 2001 Steve Krug A brief history of sensible.com A modest site, even now (see site map) : Happy as a clam with my one- pager 2000: Book needed its own page 2001: Workshops needed some pages Homegrown in Dreamweaver Always asking people not to look under the hood Cobbler's kids But I always had alt text! God bless The Wayback Machine
© 2001 Steve Krug My report card #1. Make it usable 88 A 10 would require real work “good enough” usability #2. Read an article 10 #3. Read a book 77 Read most of one, parts of four or five, but retained little Figured to go back to several of them while doing my site
© 2001 Steve Krug My report card #4. Start using CSS Average 5 Hired Eric Meyer = 10 Didn’t follow through = 1 #5. Go for the low-hanging fruit 77 Did some myself Hired P.J.
© 2001 Steve Krug Before and after Conversation with P.J.
Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (1 of 4, BEFORE) Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (1 of 4, BEFORE)
Bad! Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (2 of 4, BEFORE) Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (2 of 4, BEFORE)
Bad! Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (3 of 4, BEFORE) Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (3 of 4, BEFORE)
Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (4 of 4, BEFORE) Links on my home page, as read by JAWS (4 of 4, BEFORE)
Link on my home page, as edited by P.J. (AFTER) Better?
Headings on my home page, as read by JAWS (BEFORE) No headings found...
Headings on my home page, as read by JAWS (AFTER)
© 2001 Steve Krug Thoughts Should you wait for your next redesign to make the site accessible? Avoid duplicating effort Why clean up things that may be going away? My experience: might be better to decouple them Hmm. Before I convert to CSS, I should probably rethink the IA like I’ve been meaning to for years now. And I really should edit that text. And it really make sense to insulate the attic first, too... The sense that it’s overwhelming becomes one more reason not to “just do it”
© 2001 Steve Krug Thoughts It’s not about guidelines Guidelines are a means to an end The end: people being able to use it Not satisfying guidelines Sounds a lot like usability ? The problem: in this case, we’re terrible surrogates for our audience They’re diverse We don’t know them We have a hard time pretending to be them In part, because we don’t want to imagine being like them
© 2001 Steve Krug Thoughts Why don’t we all just do it? Not sure how hard it is Not sure how much we need to learn Once you start reading, experts disagree Unlike the visible UI, out of sight, out of mind Imitation/copying is one of the main reasons the Web has improved so much so soon Hard to actually tell which sites are accessible
© 2001 Steve Krug Thanks a lot Now I can’t look at comps from clients anymore without thinking “What about accessability?”
© 2001 Steve Krug Thanks for all the fish Lingering questions, gripes, etc.
© 2006 Steve Krug
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