Accessibility-First Tool Concepts

Twice now I’ve created desktop apps for designing UIs. Neither shipped and I know I want to return to this space again.

My current thinking is that accessibility is a must, and is something tools today severely lack. They are visual-first and often visual-only. Why aren’t we thinking about accessibility at the early design stage?

Doing so would both make implementation easier as we aren’t just bolting accessibility needs at the end. And faster too if we get it right from the beginning.

I think getting developers (tricking them almost) to use accessibility affordances for their own needs (for example writing tests) is an interesting way to get them to care more about it.

Here are some tooling ideas:

Emulate Screen Reader Output

Screen reader emulator as CLI

OCR automated testing with contrast / colour checking

Accessibility-first prototyping tool