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Inclusive Design Patterns by Smashing Magazine, Heydon Pickering

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Evaluation By Pattern

When I started working on this book, I prepared a rough outline first. This skeleton was organized around theme, or principle. That is, I had a chapter stubbed out about keyboard interaction, one about color, another on writing, and so on.

It’s good to be prepared, but better to be prepared in the right way. As I embarked on fleshing out the various chapters, it quickly became apparent that I’d wrong-footed the structure entirely. It just wasn’t compatible with the way I instinctively think and work.

The trouble was, when I set about describing how to make something keyboard-accessible, I had to bite my tongue not to talk about touch interaction, screen reader compatibility and copywriting as well. It didn’t feel right to expound ...

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