Dopa is your World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), accessibility alternative for topics related to writing, learning disabilities, and psychological disorders. Most websites cannot (and often should not) use accessibility standards- that’s where we come in.
This is not to say the goal of promoting universal design and coding, across as many websites as possible, is any less important in 2019 than it was ten years ago! However, accessibility compliance means sacrificing design, interactivity and general user experience for visitors without disabilities (paying 50% more for designers and coders might help, but would still fall short). Those with challenges using websites require alternative web pages if we are to bring more content to them.
Dopa’s editorial foundation is all about written communication
Handwriting is increasingly being lost to the computer. Why are traditional writing tools and teaching still relevant? Do we need to put the written word on paper when it can be sent faster through digital networks? Who are the people and groups that keep penmanship alive?
We embrace technology but know there is a romance about ink on paper, archived, mailed, or held under the light. It is not unlike the romance of a long train trip in Europe; a slower, older way of getting from A to B, but one which puts us in the same place generations before us sat and peered into their world.
100% accessible websites are as common as goose quill feather pens
Many of the most important pages on the web would lose their pleasing design and interactivity if they had to be accessible compliant. The article “Web accessibility” on Wikipedia, for example, has 120 errors. Wikipedia would have to change the entire framework of their site to make this page accessible. In doing so they’d have to train their entire staff of contributors on in-depth accessibility practices.
For example here’s one of the error’s from Tenon.io: “This link text is uninformative: Do not use generic text in links. Use text in the link that accurately and concisely conveys where the link goes.” That’s actually important, but it’s one of the 100s of best practices content creators need to learn for accessibility.
Wikipedia is not an outlier. CNN, a company with very different staffing and financial resources, is inaccessible to many millions of people. They have over 130 errors on typical pages. Amazon.com has over 57 errors on their homepage.