Who Should Read This Book

Web developers should read this book.

As much as we would like to teach WAI-ARIA to everyone — including how it is used to make web interactivity accessible to people with disabilities — the topic is very much a technical one. While you do not necessarily need to be a web developer to understand where and when WAI-ARIA should be used, in order to implement it, you must be able to write code or, at a very minimum, be able to read code and understand what it is doing.

Non–web developers can still benefit from the information provided in this book, but they will likely find the activities very challenging without the prerequisite background knowledge. This background knowledge is beyond the scope of this book, so we will not be able to help with basic HTML formatting or JavaScript programming. The focus here is on using WAI-ARIA, not on using HTML and JavaScript.

If you are not currently interested in code details but still want to learn about web accessibility or if you want to go beyond coding, we recommend two ebooks that are based on our less technically focused courses on the same subject.

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