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Accessibility 101 – 8 tips for a better user experience

As designers and developers we usually work with particular people in mind when creating something. This is our target end-user: someone with a certain set of goals, characteristics and motivations that will be accessing your services. Yet, even if you segment your users and consider usage scenarios for various behaviours, there are inherent qualities that, regardless, could apply to anyone: impairments and disabilities.

Hindering people’s access based upon circumstances beyond their control is the worst thing to do, even unintentionally. If you’ve never experienced any such setbacks yourself, it’s difficult to imagine quite how some things could be so useless for others.

Being accessible means ensuring your digital product is usable by people of all abilities. This should be a responsibility of everyone working in the industry; even having some basic knowledge of small usability improvements can be a big help.

This article is not at all exhaustive, but aims to show a few ways in which websites can be designed and developed with accessibility principles in mind.

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Five ways to increase video accessibility and minimise cost | Access iQ

Making your video content accessible is one of the most costly components of web accessibility, but there are several ways you can reduce expenses.

Five ways to increase video accessibility and minimise cost | Access iQ

With more than half the population accessing videos online, there’s no doubt that multimedia is a powerful medium with which to reach your audience and maximise the impact of your message.

Nearly 20 per cent of Australians experience some form of hearing loss, so it is vital that your video content is accessible despite being one of the most costly components of web accessibility. When you take into account the cost of producing captions and audio description for video content, it can definitely add up.

There are several ways that you can increase the accessibility of your video content while minimising the cost, such as using do-it-yourself (DIY) or automated captioning tools, reusing your script to create captions and minimise the need for audio description, and providing a full text alternative.

Here are our top five:

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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, Amazon.com, 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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Read full article at Source: 15 Website Accessibility Tips That Increase Everyone’s Engagement | UX Magazine

5 Things You Need to Know About Web Accessibility

JANUARY 8, 2016

This fall, the Department of Justice postponed its proceeding to adopt regulations on web accessibility for a few more years.

The prolonged delay in those regulations has created a perfect storm for more litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a result, many companies should be adding web accessibility to their list of top priorities for 2016.

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Read full article at Source: 5 Things You Need to Know About Web Accessibility

accessibility videos for iOS and android

According to the National Health Interview Survey, there are over 20 million people with vision loss. If you need access to the Internet, it can be upsetting that as devices get smaller, so do the font sizes. The good news is that there are a lot of new and innovative ways to access the web.

… Check out these great features and innovative ways to navigate the websites that you want to access.

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3 Ways to Improve the Accessibility of Your UI | Usability Matters

There’s a common misconception that an accessible digital product means sacrificing visual design, but there are many subtle changes you can make that will vastly improve the way people interact with and view your brand. Here are a few quick and easy tips you can implement today to help your users.

Colour Contrast

Colour contrast is one of the most commonly known accessibility issues, and yet it’s still a problem for many companies. To meet the minimum recommended accessibility (Level AA WCAG 2.0) large text (19px bold and above or 24px regular and above) has to meet a minimum contrast ratio of 3:1. …

Distinguishable Links

Along with meeting colour contrast guidelines, text links within your digital product shouldn’t rely on colour alone to distinguish them from surrounding text….

Pause or Stop Multimedia

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Read full article at Source: 3 Ways to Improve the Accessibility of Your UI | Usability Matters