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The internet, by its nature, is a place people of all walks of life can visit. The physical barriers that people with disabilities face are lessened online. Sadly, many people encounter a new barrier on the web: content not designed for accessibility. As a web designer or developer, you have the ability to fix these issues,…
The internet, by its nature, is a place people of all walks of life can visit. The physical barriers that people with disabilities face are lessened online. Sadly, many people encounter a new barrier on the web: content not designed for accessibility.
As a web designer or developer, you have the ability to fix these issues, increasing your audience and even improving search rankings. Often these problems have a simple fix and little effect on your design – if you’re willing to be creative.
The guidelines to accessibility are extensive, but here are a few key suggestions. For whatever reason, it may be infeasible to include all the guidelines in your site design, and that’s okay.
The goal isn’t to break the core functionality or design of your website, but to avoid unnecessary exclusion. Include as many optimizations as is sensible for the site you’re designing.
Your biggest task by far lies in improving visual design. Having a site with unfriendly colors or contrast can lead to confusion or headaches for people with impairments.
Screen reader friendliness should be a priority. There are more screen reader best practices, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
langattribute to specify language.
alttag, when necessary.
It shouldn’t need to be stated that putting purple text on a blue background is a terrible idea, not just for colorblind users, but there are other problems you may not realize.
alttag, and include text versions of non-text content.
The web has taken a turn towards simplicity, which is great for those who require an easy-to-navigate website. However, there are still many common mistakes that prevent accessibility. It often comes down to keeping a clear and consistent design.
These are just a few suggestions on how to make your website usable by everyone. If possible, ask people with disabilities to test your site, or use a tool to simulate color blindness, screen readers, and so on.
With 15% of people in the world having some disability, it’s time to create a web that meets everyone’s needs. And in the end, if many websites adopt these standards we’ll create a better, more inclusive internet together.