Pre-Release: “Inclusive Design Patterns” by Heydon Pickering (Print + eBook)

Pre-Release: “Inclusive Design Patterns” by Heydon Pickering (Print + eBook)

We make inaccessible and unusable websites and apps all the time, but it’s not for lack of skill or talent. It’s just a case of doing things the wrong way. We try to build the best experiences we can, but we only make them for ourselves and for people like us.

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Accessibility has always been a slightly unsettling realm for developers. Surrounded with myths and misunderstandings, it used to be a domain for a small group of experts. Today, it’s still unclear what makes up an accessible interface and what developers need to know to get there. Let's fix it.

Inclusive Design Handbook gets to the bottom of it all: accessibility myths and rules of thumbs, WAI-ARIA roles, content accessibility guidelines, landmark roles, keyboard and touch accessibility, accessible markup and interaction patterns, accessible forms and widgets, multimedia accessibility and inclusive prototyping. Everything you need to know about accessibility gathered in one practical, smashing book. 

The book will be released in October 2016, but it’s already available in pre-sale as print. The eBook can be downloaded right away.


The book doesn’t cover the code alone, but also the process for inclusive prototyping, to get things right from the very start. CSS may be the way the interface looks and JavaScript may be how it behaves, but HTML is the interface.


The book looks at common accessible interface patterns from the perspective of an inclusive designer and covers practical techniques, gotchas and strategies you need to be aware of when building accessible, inclusive interfaces.

The aim here is not to go in search of the ultimate 'boilerplate' but to configure a parent web page to support inclusive design.

About The Book

Many web design articles and books are all about improving your workflow and making your life easier as a developer. Should you wish to adopt a framework or employ a processor to speed up your development process, be our guest. However, this book is not about you; it’s about your audience.

The Inclusive Design Handbook covers all the techniques, gotchas and strategies you need to be aware of when building accessible, inclusive interfaces. We’ll explore the document outline, external links and “skip” links, navigation regions and landmarks, labelling and alternative text for illustrations, buttons, tables of contents, JavaScript patterns, touch targets, filter widgets and infinite scrolling and “load more” button and grid display and dynamic content and tab interfaces and password validation and web forms and error messages — and pretty much anything else you need to know about accessibility, including how to prototype with inclusivity in mind, how to deal with legacy browsers and dozens of practical snippets to use when building inclusive interfaces.

The illustrations inside the book and the cover itself were crafted by Heydon Pickering.


What’s in there for you? You can take the lessons learned in the book and apply them within any framework sufficiently flexible to allow you to write and organize good interfaces. One thing is certain: once you read the book, accessibility won’t appear difficult nor confusing any longer — you’ll know exactly what to do, and when.

The book will be shipped worldwide via airmail. Available as print and eBook.

Why This Book Is For You

There’s no such thing as an ‘average’ user, but there is such a thing as an average developer. This book will take you from average to expert in the area that matters the most: making things more readable and more usable to more people. You'll learn:

  • Accessibility myths and misconceptions as well as common solutions and rules of thumbs,
  • A library of well-tested accessible HTML/CSS components that you can use right away,
  • How to properly use WAI-ARIA roles and Content Accessibility Guidelines,
  • How to tackle common accessibility issues in RWD,
  • How to deal with "skip" links and external links, as well as navigation regions and landmarks,
  • How to keep labels, buttons, tables of contents, dynamic widgets and tabbed interfaces accessible,
  • How to implement infinite scrolling, grid display and dynamic content accessibly,
  • How to deal with password validation, error messages, web forms, JavaScript patterns and touch targets,
  • How to keep an interface accessible in legacy browsers,
  • How to prototype with accessibility in mind.


  • 312 pages, 14 × 21 cm (5.5 × 8.25 inches),
  • Quality hardcover with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker,
  • The eBook contains PDF, EPUB, and Kindle.
  • Free worldwide airmail shipping from Germany.
  • Available as print or eBook.
  • ISBN (Print): 978-3-945749-43-2.

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