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A Designer’s Guide to Documenting Accessibility & User Interactions (by Stephanie Walter)

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My teammate Colin just shared this brilliant designers’ guide to documenting accessibility and user interactions. It’s really thorough and includes some pretty clever annotation techniques.

I agree with Stephanie that unless you ask the questions and document the answers regarding how a design will translate to an accessible reality then it can fall short at lots of points from the start to the implementation. This called to mind a similar perspective from Sophie Beaumont on how the BBC shift left regarding accessibility.

This type of annotation and discussion also feels like another healthy way for designers and engineers to talk to (and learn from) each other more.

I really like Stephanie’s conclusion that you won’t always have time for all of the techniques she mentions, so pick your battles.

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