Coding Is Over
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Why do we still “code”? It is a thing called “Accessibility”. There is this place on the Web called, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. With competency based education becoming a talked about approach in higher education, who decides the competencies? We have experts in the field, who have worked for years, great experience, yet cannot scaffold or deliver the important information to truly deliver content in an organized fashion to meet the needs of all. This is well document in learning science research, and why Instructional Designers, exist. In the broader sense, we as designers have a tendency to design for what we like, but that is an artist’s approach. A designer designs for other and that is a huge audience and we design, or in this case “code” to work with online technologies, such as screen readers. BTW… the Federation for the Blind has encouraged, large institutions, and corporations to meet the accessibility guidelines and it has been costly. So, the standard has been accessibility first, which means good base coding. And just remember, accessibility is very different from usability. Keep in mind principles of Universal Design and you will be able to recognize various audiences, especially those who are disenfranchised. I am sorry to rain on your philosophy…

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