So unless you want 1 in 7 people to miss out on your web offering this is a must read from Anna Monus who examines accessibility.
She makes this statement at the end of her article but i would like to start with it.
"If we build a site that takes the needs of the sensory impaired into consideration, we design a product that is logical, well-structured and easy-to-use. This is not only good for the disabled, but for every single user, as they have the same need for an intuitive and customizable website that is easy to understand."
All to often website are designed because THEY CAN be designed, designed for designs sake. It might be great to have wizzy things happen on a site but really as Anna states, "we design a product that is logical, well-structured and easy-to-use for every single user" regardless wether the user is dissabled.
This should be a bench mark for every web builder/designer.
Case in point - whilst not mentioning the further educational establishment by name I was invited to talk to members of staff with Paul John Anderson (senClude) an expert consultant who has 30 years experience dealing with accessibility. Whilst JP is concerned that in order to have a fair society accessibility should be a given right and herin lies the problem.
Organisations like to think they are accessible, but, unfortunaltley in most cases they are not, they simply pay lip service and when required to provide an environment and or resources for a disable person the process becomes complicated because they dont have resources in place.
This particular college like most has a website - as someone who is not dissabled I found the site both confusing and visually complicated. The site fell into that trap of over design and overly complicated. There was enough video playing aimlessly on the home page to give anyone a migrain.
Have a look at JP's website >>>>>>>
Creating Web Experiences For Disabled People
This is about actually providing a web experience for all people.
Read the original article here...