My takeaways from #a11yTO 2020 Conference

A couple of years ago a potential customer demanded accessibility (a11y) in our software. We had little a11y consideration at that time, so started by adding tabIndex and aria-label. I heard the word “accessibility” before but had little knowledge about it. As I read more, I understood it is much more than that, and I became more and more fascinated with it.

#a11yTO 2020 is the first conference Ive attended on this topic. It is virtual because of the year 2020 (I have to get up early since I’m on the west coast). Overall it was a well-organized conference (despite some tech issues). I learned a lot from it, and here are my takeaways from it (I will skip “accessibility is important” as a takeaway):

A11y is a teamwork

A11y can’t be done overnight

“Delight is the icing, usability is the cake”

Copy is important

A11y is not just for software, it is everywhere

There is a lot to learn

At last, be inclusive and bring people together.

(and stay safe!)

A digital poet, casual gamer, ex-YouTuber, baseball fan, Dr.