Aging and accessibility on ehkä paras saavutettavuutta käsittelevä bloggaus, jonka olen nähnyt aikoihin.
”I started doing web development when I was 20. At the time, it was barely conceivable to us that people of a certain age would be using the web. We didnt even know if the web itself was going to last. But here it is, still chugging after a dozen and a half years, and not looking a day over 10.
And nowadays, I look around at the people Ive worked with, and some of them are really old. Like, in their fifties! Some have even retired – the kind of retired where theyre collecting Social Security and posting pictures of their grandkids to Flickr. Get it? Theyre using Flickr. And YouTube. And Gmail, and Twitter, and especially eBay. They also tend to have money to spend, and companies tend to like people like that.
And yet, I still hear people dismissing accessibility for older people on the web. Thats not going to fly any longer. Younger people are coming up on the web, thats true. But those of us already there are only getting older, and were not going to stop liking the web anytime soon.
Keep this in mind when youre about to downplay whether older users will want to use your site. The right thing to ask is:
Will you want to use this site when youre older?
Or maybe, do you want some 20-year-old smartass deciding you wont?”
Osuu muuten kummasti maaliin, kun on viikonloppuna joutunut ottamaan uuden koneen kohdalla käyttöön sen accessibility-asetuksia, että fonttikoosta saisi selvää. Mutta minähän olenkin kohta 35, siis miltei ikäloppu, tai ainakin mummo. Vai?