Almost every cause seem to have its own day to commemorate its importance. Today though, is one I like, namely Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Working with accessibility and a Web for everyone is a constant effort, not something you can expect ever to be done with.
You who have read my book Web Strategy for Everyone notes at the end of the web design section that I, a little unexpectedly, am lumping together usability and accessibility with game-based learning, so-called gamification. It is not a coincidence. In addition to the fact that each user’s abilities are highly individual in its mix its fundamental, for all users, to show that it’s worth the effort.
Accessibility is all about empathy
It can sometimes be difficult to find support for working with accessibility even though most people agree that it is important. My most common argument is that accessibility will benefit all of us – at some point.
“What will you send an Iphone 6S with its retina display locked in landscape mode when on a medium fast cellular connection and located outdoors at noon?”
– Web Strategy for Everyone
Anyone using their mobile phones out in bright sunlight will notice that they need a lot of contrast in order to have a chance to orient themselves on a website. All of us have motor impairments sometimes, you’ll notice it when on a touch screen when the finger you’re accustomed to have a patch, or whether using someone else’s computer where the mouse is not as you expect. Such as a gaming mouse with a “high sense”, then the mouse pointer moves far too fast for an inexperienced person.
Accessibility is beneficial for all users – at some point
Also, most of us suffer from cognitive impairment once in a while, at least it must be common having a reduced function at the end of the working day. We get tired and easily distracted, in other words. But we can also be under emotional stress, as Eric Meyer explains in the podcast episode The Web Ahead – Designing for Crisis, all those interfaces not being helpful, when all he wanted was to see his daughter.
Some users of these needs all the time. To convince those being doubtful you can also invite them to a usability test. Or show them some of all videos online where you get to see how these problems affects the user experience for actual users. The web standard organization W3C has compiled a list of examples, videos for us to gain insight on accessibility.
Tips on tools and an accessibility checklist in the book
Don’t miss out on the DIY-section of the book. I suggest tools you can use to check if your website is okay accessibility-wise. Buy Web Strategy for Everyone at introductory price ≈ 25 $ + VAT from Intranatverk ›