Accessibility Standards: An interview with Mike Paciello
Posted on January 31, 2014
by Whitney Quesenbery
An edited version of this interview appears in Chapter 4 of A Web for Everyone.
Mike Paciello has been a leader in promoting information and communication technology accessibility since the 1980s. He helped launch the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), was an author on the first version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and co-led the 2008 rewrite of the Section 508/Section 255 standards.
He’s also the founder and president of The Paciello Group (TPG), a consultancy working with software companies to make their products accessible, which means he’s also Sarah’s boss.
We wanted to learn from Mike about the making of accessibility standards, and whether future iterations might be more “user-friendly.”
An early commitment to people and technology
Michael Paciello is founder and president of The Paciello Group (TPG), a software consultancy concerned with web and software accessibility. Mike has been closely involved with information and communication technology accessibility since the 1980s and played a lead role in developing [...]