What is Accessibility?
As a Front End Engineer at Facebook, Jesse Beach specializes in accessibility and improving the platform’s user interface. She attended Offline Camp California because she sees offline functionality as a form of accessibility, which treats network disruptions as one of many forms of temporary disability which we can help our users overcome.
“What I’m trying to do in my job is to think about the abilities we have, and the disabilities that are either temporary or congenital, as just access issues. There’s no single human who’s perfectly capable in every way, at every point in time. And when we think about how we provide information offline, we have to think about how we provide information to humans in all the conditions that they’re in.” (Jesse Beach)
In her interactive passion talk at camp, Jesse asked us to brainstorm limitations to access and limitations to accessibility, then helped us connect the two concepts:
Here’s a peek at our brainstorming notes from Jesse’s session:
Jesse also wrote a fabulous article recapping a camp discussion on the unique design patterns needed to keep users informed about the state of their content under spotty or unavailable network conditions:
Editor’s Note: Participants at Offline Camps have diverse backgrounds and interests, ranging far beyond the Offline First approach that we come together to discuss. Through short passion talks, campers share with us some of the hobbies, projects, and technologies that excite them. We offer you this taste of that passion as a preview to our upcoming events. Learn more at the camp website or follow us on Twitter for updates.