Accessibility – beyond the screen reader | Web design | Creative Bloq

There are 6.3 times as many people who have low vision than there are people who are blind.

People with low vision will usually either depend on browser features to resize text or zoom the page, magnification software, customized style sheets, built in high contrast themes, or a combination of the above. While screen readers may also be relied upon from time to time, the needs of low vision users have very little to do with the needs of blind users.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are extremely limited when it comes to catering to the needs of people with low vision on the Web. Except for a Success Criterion that ensures text is still fully readable at 200% of its original size, not much is planned to address their needs.

So how do we account for low vision users’ expectations in our design and in our code? How can we provide them with an experience that truly meets their needs and addresses their challenges? In this article, we’ll explore two basic concepts you can start implementing today: word wrapping and proximity.

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