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Re: Elevator speeches about accessibility


From: Karen Mardahl
Date: Jun 11, 2012 3:28PM

Hi Ryan

I think your answer is great! In this particular case, I was speaking to a
person who does not make web sites, and I was talking about his son. Would
what I said get passed on to his son or would he feel insulted by my not
uttering 100% positive comments about what I was experiencing. He is very
proud to see the success of his young son - naturally. Your answer would
suit the bill for this scenario very well.

I could say - ah, but coding accessibility is fun. It provides fun
challenges that let clever people demonstrate their skills.

That kind of answer might have gotten him interested enough to tell his son
about it. His son *is* clever and likes challenges.

It's manipulative, but that's OK for folks agitating for accessibility.
(She writes with a wicked smile.)

The other answers coming in are great. Different occasions call for
different responses. Some will freeze when a 6-syllable word is tossed
their way. Others will debate. Like Birkir wrote, "Good discussion, all
points are more than welcome."

Regards, Karen Mardahl

On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM, Ryan Hemphill < <EMAIL REMOVED>
> wrote:

> I have a thought - you might not like it...but consider it for a moment.
> I didn't get into web design to do social work.
> I also didn't do it simply because there was money in it. (no designers I
> know would ever quote that as a reason.)
> So why DID I do it? It can be stressful. It requires me to be
> ever-vigilant about new tech and whether or not I ought to learn it, which
> would take away free time from other activities in life. It often involves
> marketing professionals - also a peeve of most designers - and all the
> emails, suggestions and other 'requests' they send my way.
> So again - why do it?
> The answer is simple - because it is stimulating and fun for me to be
> CREATIVE and learn things that allow me to be MORE CREATIVE.
> In short:
> My belief? Forget the altruism. Forget the money. Focus on the
> creativity, because at the core of their passion, THAT is why they do web
> design. You want to get their attention? Show them how accessibility can
> be wicked creative, cool and/or fun to execute.
> <snip>