Accessible Coding: Opening the Door to the Next Generation


“For anyone with a visual impairment, who has some sight, they know the feeling of leaning over and getting close to the screen,” explains Jason Grieves, who is a member of the Window’s Accessibility Team. “Doing that all day is tough on the body, on the back, but also tough on the eyes.”

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.