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The web, design, and accessibility

I’m Martin, an accessibility specialist with a background in user interface and interaction design, and frontend web development. I’m the Lead Accessibility Specialist at Sage and former co-organiser at FrontendNE; here’s a wee bit more about me and what I’m up to now.


If you prefer to dive straight in rather than see the full blog, here are a couple of my favourite articles to get you started:

  • WCAG, but in language I can understand

    An as-close-to-a-single-paragraph-as-I-can-manage summary of each rule in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, version 2.1, level AA.

  • When design breaks semantics

    Semantic HTML is great. But sometimes following the rules is tricky. Grab a cuppa and let me tell you a story about links that look like buttons.


There are a few topics that really interest me:

  • Accessibility is about designing and building web interfaces that can be used by everyone, something I feel very strongly about
  • Designing smart, usable interfaces, journeys and interactions is what I do best, and I enjoy analysing others’ great design
  • Frontend development is a huge passion of mine; HTML and CSS in particular, but anything from Git to npm

Have a look at the full list of subjects I write about.

Accessibility in your inbox

I send an accessibility-centric newsletter on the last day of every month, containing:

  • A roundup of the articles I’ve posted
  • A hot pick from my archives
  • Some interesting posts from around the web

I don’t collect any data on when, where or if people open the emails I send them. Your email will only be used to send you newsletters and will never be passed on. You can unsubscribe at any time.