If I’d read this in advance then maybe I wouldn’t have been so surprised to receive a tweet from #Accessibe and four different tweets from their “Chief Vision Officer” (and on the weekend at that!) in response to my tweet:
“Have we stopped for a second to consider business owners’ needs?”
Wow, next level whining in this 3700 word blog from #Accessibe, a web accessibility tool that’s come in for criticism from actual disabled users accessibe.com/blog/trends/industry-…
Would Sir like some meal with their whine?
I’m more a physical accessibility guy, but a friend pointed me at the blog, which seems to suggest they might be pivoting to an argument that fully meeting accessibility standards is unaffordable, and disabled people should instead “think of the businesses!” and lower our accessibility expectations to meet what they’re willing to pay for.
A few highlights:
“in the last several months we’ve been going through a non-proportional amount of harassment that is not only unethical but in some cases borderline illegal and involves sabotaging our customers’ businesses and trying to harm our digital assets.”
“Have we stopped for a second to consider business owners’ needs? Their wants? Their day-to-day operations? Their vendors? Their projects? Their expenses? Their priorities? Their challenges? If we want to achieve an accessible Internet we must consider what business owners are willing to do, what’s realistic for them, and what they actually need. ”
“it is unrealistic to expect businesses to meticulously design and plan out their websites”
“We can’t let the edge cases define an entire industry”
So if they can’t persuade disabled people their product is good enough, instead argue our expectations are unreasonable.
In which respect:
“We are in the process of joining the W3C”
suggests that monitoring what changes they might try to drive into W3C accessibility policy might become important.