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About this initiative

The «Accessibility Developer Guide» (ADG) in its entirety is the result of many years of hands-on practice in the field of testing websites for accessibility, as well as developing accessible web applications. The daily experience of user experts with special needs, blended together with the profound technical knowledge of fullstack web developers, resulted in forming the «Accessibility Alliance».

«Access for all»

On one side of the «Accessibility Alliance», there is the Swiss Foundation «Access for all», which is the initiator and leader of the whole initiative. It consists of a small team of accessibility experts and web developers, half of which having special needs themselves.

The foundation is in business since the year 2000, and since then has accompanied hundreds of local and international websites in the process of becoming accessible. The basis for this have always been the official guidelines like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA), combined with the real-life experiences of those employees with special needs, and profound expertise of fullstack web developers. In one sentence: the contents of this guide are the result of nearly two decades of hands-on experience in all topics accessibility.

With the ADG, the «Access for all» foundation provides developers with an instrument that offers practical and concrete support in the implementation of accessible web offerings. As an open source project, the ADG focuses on sharing and passing on knowledge. All agencies, every woman and every man are invited to join the Accessibility Alliance. Join in a few developer days a year - and you'll be there.

Bernhard Heinser, CEO, «Access for all».

Years ago when I joined «Access for all», I quickly realised how hard it is to get into accessibility as an "outsider". Through the wonderful support of my co-workers with special needs, I was finally able to merge my technical knowledge with their profound user expertise. With the ADG, together we provide a "roadmap" that shows the most pragmatic ways to get from general requirements to accessible implementations. All of them are well-proven best practices, built on rock-solid standard techniques and cleverly avoid typical traps and pitfalls.

Joshua Muheim, Web Developer & Accessibility Expert, «Access for all».

For more information, see www.access-for-all.ch.

Web agencies

On the other side of the «Accessibility Alliance», there are several acclaimed web agencies. They provided the technical solution and visual design for the guide, gave support in marketing it, etc.

Hinderling Volkart

Until now, web developers have lacked a good, practical reference on accessibility. It doesn't need more rules, but more guidance to make the web usable for everyone. The ADG will provide access where hardly anyone has been before, with practical examples, tested by experts and supported by developers. From the very beginning we were convinced of the purpose of this commitment and are proud to be able to contribute a small part to it.

Severin Klaus, Frontend Leader, Hinderling Volkart.

UNIC

Accessibility is a complex issue and so equally large effort is required to develop the necessary know-how. That is why we have participated in the establishment of the ADG, which will be a key tool in the process of creating accessible websites for everyone in the future. We are looking forward to collaborating with the frontend community so that the development of the ADG will be continued.

Thomas Jaggi, Expert Frontend Engineer, UNIC AG.

Liip

As a web agency committed to provide continuous improvements to the way the internet is built and used, Liip is excited to join and contribute to the ADG initiative. In our inclusive vision, this will bring benefits to everyone, first to the developers but finally to the end-users. The Open Source nature of the project, furthermore, fully embraces our principles and opens the doors to worldwide contributions.

Donato Rotunno, Senior Frontend Developer, Liip AG.

Zeix

The ADG allows us to easily share knowledge within the team and build on reliable best practices. This enables us to design, create and program websites that all people like to use.

Esther Brunner, User Interface Developer, Zeix AG.

Your company here?

Our guide is a community driven resource: everybody is welcome to become a part in the movement of making the Internet a more accessible place.

Please read on.

Join the «Accessibility Alliance»!

We are a bunch of open hearted and highly motivated nerds believing in the potential that technical advancements can have for humanity.

If you feel like you have anything to give into our movement (be it active collaboration, sharing your knowledge, providing financial support, or simply giving some feedback), please get in touch with us through:

Or drop us a line using the «Access for all» contact form.

Core team

During the last months, a group of people regularly gathered around developing the ADG.

The core team working on the ADG (details read below)

Clockwise from top right:

  • Donato Rotunno, web developer, Liip AG.
  • Joshua Muheim, web developer & accessibility expert, «Access for all», initiator of and main contributor to the ADG.
  • Jürgen Rudigier, frontend developer, Hinderling Volkart.
  • Thomas Jaggi, web developer, UNIC AG.
  • Anton Bolfing, accessibility expert at «Access for all», responsible for final editing and testing of the ADG.
  • Bernhard Heinser, CEO at «Access for all», project leader of the ADG.
  • Esther Brunner, web developer, Zeix AG.
  • Markus Graf, web developer.

Testing staff

Not to forget our highly respected testing staff who took care of validating all contents and code examples (all of them working for «Access for all»):

The testing staff working on the ADG (details read below)

Clockwise from top right:

  • (Anton Bolfing, again.)
  • Daniele Corciulo, blind accessibility expert.
  • Romano Spescha, vision-impaired accessibility trainee.
  • Reto Inniger, vision-impaired accessibility trainee.
  • Mohamed Sherif, blind accessibility trainee.
  • Gianfranco Giudice, blind accessibility expert.

Unfortunately not on the picture (beause working remotely) is Petra Ritter, multiply-handicapped accessibility expert.