This is a guest post from Zoe Coultan, an alumna of the second batch of I Am Not My Pixels interns! Each intern writes a blog post as part of their internship, on a UX and Design subject that particularly interests them. Thanks Zoe!
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been with a client or colleague looking at a site with low colour contrast, and they say “Well I can read that text perfectly!”. When I ask them whether they have visual impairments, they usually reply, “Well no, I have good vision”.
Even after I explain that we should ensure that everyone can use our site because some people have visual impairments or other conditions that impact their ability to use our services, I’ve heard responses like:
- Is it really worth the time and money for only 5% of our audience!?
- Don’t they have screen readers for that sort of stuff, or people to do it for them?
- Surely they could just call up to place an order instead of using the website!
No matter the argument, the answer is never to forget about accessibility. Good designers and developers don’t isolate their audience, any of them. You wouldn’t make it difficult for someone with a disability to get around the physical world so why should the virtual world be any different?.
The good news is, it’s pretty easy to make a website more accessible. Whether you’re a designer or developer, there are a few quick checks that you can do to design and develop more inclusively.
Here are my top seven tips for quickly and simply making your website more accessible for every reader: