Not all your website users will have 20/20 vision. In fact, according to WHO, at least 2.2 billion people globally have a near or distance visual impairment.
Their problems, behaviours, needs & tools, plus design guidelines for building accessible products.
I love colors. This fact should not surprise anyone who knows me (I’m an avid knitter, and I love seeing how different colors can interact with each other in patterns). On top of just being nice, colors can be helpful for parsing through data, providing feedback, and creating visual continuity. But, using the wrong colors can make a bad impression.
Technological innovation has paved a new way to conduct business, education, and life in general – particularly in a world forced to adapt to virtual substitutes during the pandemic.
I’ve worked on websites for several years, both professionally and for side projects. One day, I reflected on the fact that all of my web development education had come from actually making websites. In most cases, I’d have a specific problem, Google how to solve it, and learn something new in the process.
The term adaptive technology is often used as the synonym for assistive technology; however, they are different terms.
The laws and best practices around website accessibility can seem forbiddingly complex at first sight. Unhelpfully, there are also several myths and half-truths in circulation, which can muddy the waters and give companies a false sense of security about the accessibility of their digital content.
Accessibility is more than a technical problem to solve. (Sorry to break it to you.) But accessibility work isn’t actually hard to do. The tricky part is appreciating the complexity and breadth of disabilities that impact your users.
An estimated 10% of the population has dyslexia. That’s 32.9 million Americans and 764 million people worldwide. Researchers suggest the numbers could actually be much higher, many people simply go undiagnosed. Either way, we know there are hundreds of millions of people with dyslexia.
Designing solutions for people with disabilities offers a peephole into the future.