Happy New Year, everyone! We’re kicking off 2023 with a major update to Stark for Mac. Education is a core pillar of Stark. It’s vital at any point of your accessibility journey, not just when you’re getting started. We believe, quality educational resources should be available for as many people as possible. So, today we’re excited to announce that our public library is now available in Stark for Mac.
With the Stark Library, we’ve created a virtual space where many different voices in the world of accessibility share their knowledge on everything from accessible color combos to email marketing tips. Over the years, we’ve collected and curated guides, webinars, checklists, podcasts, and more into the largest centralized accessibility and inclusive design resource on the internet.
We consider the Stark Library a tool like our Contrast Checker, Vision Simulator, and Landmarks. For Stark customer and founder of Good Trouble Studio Arman Nobari, the library features prominently throughout his workflow.
“The ‘Colors’ category is a favorite and one that I’ve bookmarked. The ‘Gaming’ category has also been helpful as a shorthand for finding things I regularly need to access. In terms of where I check the library in my workflow, it’s ad hoc. It’s often mid-production to check what font size WCAG says should be used for AA versus AAA compliance.”
Stark customer and Withings Lead Product Designer Lucas Guarneri also uses the Stark Library for on-the-job accessibility training.
“The Library might be our team’s favorite Stark product. It’s a great way to learn about accessibility and the best alternative to the classes we wish we had in design school.”
Today, we’re bringing this extensive library to Stark for Mac. If you’re a Stark for Mac user, you can now browse and read resources in the app, like on Stark’s site.
This is just the 1st version of the Stark for Mac Library, and we’ll be rolling out more features to make finding and accessing the resources you need even easier. Stay tuned for a library search bar and the option to favorite and share articles.
Let’s take a tour!
All the resources you need, right where you need them
Whether you need an in-depth guide to accessibility basics or a checklist of WCAG requirements for contrast ratios, you can access all the information you need right where you do your work.
With hundreds of resources across more than 30 categories and topics, you have educational support throughout your workflow from voices in the field like a11y, Meryl Evans, Microsoft, Google, and UX Collective.
Save time with everything in one place
Save time switching back and forth between Stark for Mac and the Library. When you open a resource in the app, you’ll get a web view that’s easy to scroll through alongside your project.
If you’d prefer to access a resource in your web browser, you can open the link from Stark for Mac.
Quickly get your accessibility questions answered
The Stark for Mac Library makes it easy to browse resources based on collection or category, so you can get the answers you need to complete your work and stay up to date on accessibility topics.
Help us grow the library
Is there a book you’d recommend? A checklist you’ve bookmarked? A podcast you never miss? We’d love to know what you think should be included in the library! Submit a link from the resources homepage in Stark for Mac (or from this form).
What resources should you start with? Here’s a list of favorites
We’re excited to introduce the Stark Library in Stark for Mac, so try it out and tell us what you think. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of resources for you to check out in the library.
We’ve curated collections to represent a spectrum of perspectives on accessibility topics.
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