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Lets Design for Accessibility

When Solidsoft was engaged on the Tell Us Once project for the UK government one of the many key requirements was to meet all the accessibility requirements.

At the time this was a bureaucratic edict couched in values expressed in research from pre-2006. Yet another tick box or accreditation for us to meet. What transpired is the first steps towards thinking about embracing accessibility not merely meeting a government edict.

Strangely enough the new Government Digital Service responsible for Gov.UK (a group I’m normally at odds with over their misuse of the open source stick!) have come to the same conclusion as we have at Solidsoft accessibility is an intrinsic part of the design process to meet the needs of todays web.

Taking this approach also has a number of benefits: 

Speed

By adopting the best accessibility practises results in better performance at the UI!

Usability

It can be of no surprise that a high accessible site is a highly usable site…

Branding

It takes hundreds of impressions to get a brand established, only one bad one to scar it. Positive brand perception will come with good accessibility.

More Customers

It makes more sense to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Let’s not exclude what can be a large percentage of users.

Doing it Right by Design

It seems much better to do it as part of the normal design rather than trying to fix something to meet an out of date standard.

In conclusion

Design for accessibility because it is the right thing to do not the enforced activity. We made Tell Us Once accessible not simple because we had to but because it made sense not to.

 

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posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:12 PM

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# re: Designing for accessibility– a new web culture 2/19/2013 3:49 AM Harry
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# re: Designing for accessibility– a new web culture 2/19/2013 3:49 AM Harry
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