Commit 4c09bd3a authored by Laura Kalbag's avatar Laura Kalbag
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Rework section on accessibility to be more concise

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__Related aspects:__ [non-colonial](#non-colonial), [copyleft/share-alike](#copyleft-share-alike), [interoperable](#interoperable)
### Accessible
### Inclusive and accessible
Accessibility in the physical world is the degree to which an environment is usable by as many
people as possible. Technological accessibility is the degree to which a technology is usable by as many people as possible. We can think about both kinds of accessibility as forms of _inclusion_.
people as possible. Accessibility in technology is the degree to which technology is usable by as many people as possible. We can think about both kinds of accessibility as forms of _inclusion_.
Small Technology takes a universal design approach to accessibility.
Small Technology takes an inclusive approach to accessibility.
Accessible design considers the needs of people with disabilities. Universal design, on the other hand, considers the needs of a diverse human population.
Accessible design considers the needs of disabled people. Inclusive design considers the needs of a diverse human population, including the needs of disabled people.
Accessible web design, for example, might mean adding a button to your site that allows people to view the text at a larger size. It’s yet another element crowding a page layout, and people have to go out of their way to find it. Universal web design, applied to the same problem, might mean making all the text larger so that a greater number of people can read the text without needing to find a button or use zoom shortcuts.
We must be careful, however, not to fall into the trap of colonial design.
“Believing we know what’s best for others, despite our differing needs, can also result in a patronizing and incorrect solution (sometimes referred to as ‘colonial design’). For example, sometimes when developers first learn about screen readers, they provide additional instructions and cues in text that only visible to screen readers. They’re trying to be helpful, but these additional instructions on how to use the interface are usually unnecessary, disruptive and distracting for people who just want to get to the page content.” – Laura Kalbag, [Accessibility For Everyone](https://abookapart.com/products/accessibility-for-everyone)
With accessible design, we must be careful not to assume we know what’s best for others, despite our differing needs. Doing so often results in colonial design, creating patronizing and incorrect solutions.
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__Related aspects:__ [easy to use](#easy-to-use), [non-colonial](#non-colonial)
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