Monthly Archives: February 2016

The 7 Principles | Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

The 7 Principles of Universal Design were developed in 1997 by a working group of architects, product designers, engineers and environmental design researchers, led by the late Ronald Mace in the North Carolina State University.

The purpose of the Principles is to guide the design of environments, products and communications. According to the Center for Universal Design in NCSU, the Principles “may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments.”

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Urban development ministry frames accessibility guidelines for buildings – The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The government has formulated guidelines to make all government and private buildings, including malls, restaurants and public dealing offices, accessible to the disabled and the elderly.

The Union urban development ministry, after a year’s spadework, has prepared “harmonised guidelines and space standards for barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities”. The 100-page document lists out detailed specifications for all new buildings, including specifications on access to buildings, provision of disabled-friendly toilets, specifications of walkways, floor patterns, illumination levels, door handles, lifts, height of public telephones, vending machines, ATMs and drop boxes.

The need for the guidelines was felt after the ministry of social justice and empowerment pointed out that there are varied specifications from Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and state agencies. The ministry of social justice asked the urbG A·an development ministry to formulate guidelines that would be common standard for all public buildings.

Source: Urban development ministry frames accessibility guidelines for buildings – The Economic Times

Usability and Accessibility in Board Games | Diabolical! Board Game

We as game designers make games because we want people to play them. However, many people have limitations of perception and / or mobility which can prevent them from enjoying many games. It’s important for us as game designers (or any kind of designer, really) to put ourselves in the shoes of those players who may face these limitations to ensure our games can be enjoyed by everyone.

Like any other form of design, this requires that we balance aesthetics (e.g., theme, illustrations, etc.) with usability and accessibility. In this article, I’ll cover three of the most salient usability and accessibility issues I’ve noticed in many popular games – including a failure to account for colorblindness, poor typography, and inadequate ergonomics – and what you can do about them.

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If You’re not Thinking About Accessibility – a Talk with Marcy Sutton |

Marcy Sutton is a web developer and web accessibility advocate based in Seattle. She currently works as an Accessibility Engineer for Adobe. She is also the co-leader of Girl Develop It Seattle and an international public speaker. You can learn more about Marcy’s work from her website and her Twitter account. In this brief interview, we are looking at various dimensions of web accessibility and how it cuts across multiple layers of online product development. Read on for more!

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15 Website Accessibility Tips That Increase Everyone’s Engagement | UX Magazine

Making your website compliant with WCAG and ADA benefits everyone, not just those with disabilities.Article No :1543 | December 17, 2015 | by Rashaud Brooks


For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been advocating for standardized website development and content to increase the accessibility of the Internet for those with disabilities.

But consent decrees and/or settlement agreements for inaccessible websites have hit Target,, PeaPod, Netflix, H&R Block, Hilton International and many other corporations over the past few years.

Ultimately, compliance with the DOJ and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) is not just about better serving the individuals with vision or hearing issues—it’s about providing a better web user experience for everyone.

The importance of an inclusive user experience

To help navigate the web, tech innovators have done a great job providing assistive devices like screen reader software (seen in the video below), voice interactive software, Braille output devices, or closed captioning.

But even with these technology tools, an estimated 18% of the United States population with disabilities still have website access issues. This is a big deal, not because of the maximum penalty the DOJ imposes for a violation is $75,000 (subsequent violations are $150,000), or because settlements are in the millions. This is a big deal because businesses can’t afford to ignore almost 20% of their target audience, especially when the U.S. Department of Labor estimates this population controls more than $200 billion of discretionary spending power.

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Accessibility Design: Color Blindness – Alan Zucconi

This tutorial will teach you how to create and use post-processing effects which simulate how colour blind players might experience your Unity game. One of my most anticipated games is The Witness; since it uses so many vibrant colours, it will be used as an example in this tutorial.

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Why Accessibility Will Matter More in 2016 and Beyond

It’s easy to believe everyone uses computers the same way until you actually watch friends and family struggling with theirs. If only developers were encouraged to test user interfaces on all computer devices in real life situations.

Since they are not expected to perform this type of testing, what marketers end up with are web pages and software applications intended to work for a small percentage of people.  It may not seem evident that any performance issues even exist until the data in production signals trouble.  And that’s the eternal roadblock every internet marketer faces sooner or later.  They have achieved rank, links, inbound traffic and every other marketing requirement and yet the data indicates high bounce rates, poor referrals, low conversions and various other signals of dismal performance.

What’s happening?

Traditionally, one of the next steps is to hire a usability consultant to perform a website audit.  A few are capable of software functional and user interface testing forms and applications such as shopping carts, travel reservation applications or proprietary internet software, but most are not trained for this.  For years a basic usability review consisting of a heuristics review and cognitive walk through covered basic web page usability standards compliance.  Later, persuasive design, conversions and customer experience design were added to help create even more robust site audits.

That last step was supported by the findings from the human factors and neuroscience fields, which exploded with studies on human computer behavior.  How we do anything online, from search queries to online ordering, is evaluated by people all around the world and their reports eventually reach people like me who apply their information to enhance the user experience for clients’ websites.

Accessibility Remains A Low Priority

Accessibility is a word that is beginning to lose its home.  The same thing happened with usability.  In fact, many in the internet marketing industry don’t use the term “usability” anymore because it is, for starters, vague and inexact. They find that terms like “conversions”, “user experience”, “user intent”, “customer experience”, “conversions experience” and “customer satisfaction” are more accurate phrases and indeed, they offer a more precise description.  Still, there are no formal standards for those terms, or testing methodology regimen performed uniformly by marketers who provide site audits that include conversions analysis.  For example, there are no heuristics for conversions testing to follow.  And even though usability standards and heuristics exist, some have changed over the years.

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