Ethical Web

16 Nov 2017

One facet of the web that gets criminally underrepresented is the idea of accessibility. That is, who can access the content in our website or application. I’ve tried to make my website as accessible as possible by:

Could I do more? Absolutely:

Why don’t I do these things? I have no good reason. It comes down to:

Do I really think that people who fit these criteria visit this site? Or anyone for that matter? Not necessarily. But that doesn’t mean I should be a gatekeeper and prevent those people from consuming this website. It’s not a matter of who my audience is. It’s a matter of treating people ethically on the internet.

The web is a powerful platform because of how easy it makes content available to people around the world. It only takes a bit more effort to make that content available to more diverse audiences than we expect. Because if I build websites and applications based on my expected audience, then I am always accidentally forgetting someone based on my own bias or ignorance. Even if I strive to acknowledge all groups, I’m going to forget someone, simply due to lack of exposure or experience. And that’s not fair to that person or group.

I’ll be doing some research into color and other accessibility concerns. Some changes you might see, some you might not. But someone else may, and for the first time, be able to see this content. That’s who these changes are for.