Why should front-end developers pay close attention to accessibility
Why should front-end developers pay close attention to accessibility

Why should front-end developers pay close attention to accessibility

Interview with Vasil Atanasov, vSphere UI

We meet with Vasil Atanasov, part of the vSphere UI team of VMware, to learn why he and his colleagues were motivated to organize an event on Accessibility in enterprise-grade applications.

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Vasil, why should developers pay close attention to accessibility?

Web accessibility might be a very common term among front-end developers but not many of them know the topic in depth or are fully aware of the benefits an accessible web application can bring. This misunderstanding may drive engineer to underestimate accessibility when they write code, even though there are significant benefits to both users and businesses alike.

In your opinion, which are some of the overlooked benefits of accessibility?

I can share a few useful insights on accessibility from our latest project at VMware, which was rather complex and involved teams on 3 continents:  
  • It gives access to greater part of the audience to your UI, and as we know, the access to information is a basic human right.

  • It helps people with disabilities to use your UI like fully functional persons.
  • It helps people without impairment to use your UI faster and improves their performance.
  • It is a very important thing to cover when you deal with government organizations. 

Why did you decide to host an event on this particular topic?

At VMware we believe that the importance of building high quality and accessible web based software and tools will only rise with time, so we wanted to share our learning and try to motivate more engineers to broaden their knowledge in the field.

On top of that, we believe the project itself was very intricate and are genuinely excited about the results achieved. We are eager to share the details on how we managed to tackle the challenge of implementing accessibility in the vSphere HTML5 client, which is the UI for VMware’s main product vCenter. This is one of, if not the largest web clients on the market and contains loads of complicated use cases most of which go beyond the standard scenarios.

We believe that our experience can help developers and guide them as they embark on their own journey of integrating accessibility into their enterprise-grade products and services.

If you are interested about the topic, you can register for our meetup here:

Accessibility in enterprise grade applications
When: Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: VMware Bulgaria, 16A G.M. Dimitrov Blvd.
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