Accessibility is important

29 January, 2020 - 1 min read

What is accessibility and what does a11y mean?

Good accessibility or "a11y" is crucial to making sure all users can access the content in your sites and applications. Making sure you consider accessibility at the start of your process will ensure that your final product is more polished and works for more people.

The word "accessibility" is often shortened to "a11y" because there are 11 letters between the "A" and "Y" in the word "Accessibility". Sometimes you'll see this pattern used in other contexts like i18n for "internationalization" and l10n for "localization".

Because accessibility is broad, you can use a few guidelines to help guide you in building your websites.