The meeting point for all development resources, where it is easier to create, market, find and use solutions to help reduce the accessibility gap.
Today, accessibility is often seen as a “black art” by most developers—understood only by a few experts, fraught with subtle design and legal issues, and generally difficult for the uninitiated to get into. It is often challenging to find out which development tools have been built with inclusion in mind, and then how to best use them to their full potential.
The Developer Space will provide a comprehensive set of resources, tools, and open community infrastructure to help implementer find and use components and frameworks that have been built with personalized accessibility in mind.
More importantly, too much time and effort has been spent reinventing the wheel due to poorly designed or inflexible components and tools. Today’s software workflow often finds implementers using off the shelf components that were designed for a single purpose, usually without accessibility in mind. Although this initially appears to save time and effort, implementers usually end up rewriting or replacing these components once their limitations become fully apparent.
Instead, implementers need to be able to draw from a pool of reliable, tested, and inherently adaptable user interface components, development frameworks, and debugging and design tools.
As software development continues to evolve into a new era of cross-device ubiquitous computing, including physical sensors, cameras, computer vision, and alternative control mechanisms, there is an incredible opportunity to produce novel new assistive technologies at a lower cost—assuming, that is, that there are good-quality, “born accessible” building blocks to start from.