This is part eight of a series that begins here: Designing for Accessibility.
Over the last seven posts, I presented a number of techniques that designers can use to ensure that the broadest audience can read and interact with their content, without needing to offer a separate experience to visitors with disabilities:
- Designing for Accessibility
- Designing for Keyboard Accessibility: Location, Location, Location
- Designing for Keyboard Accessibility: Getting Around the Page
- Designing for Keyboard Accessibility: Interacting with Page Elements
- Designing for Visual Impairments
- Designing for Hearing Impairments
Most of these techniques provide benefits to all users, and if called out early enough in the design phase, don’t require a lot of additional work by developers to implement. Several techniques also make content easier for search engines to index and can improve your site’s rankings in search results, which makes designing for accessibility good for search engine optimization.
A recent report on disabilities by the World Health Organization and the World Bank estimates that 1 in 7 people has some form of disability, with one-fifth of those encountering significant difficulties in daily life. The odds are high that some visitors to your web site don’t see it or interact with it in the same way you do. By designing with these users in mind, you can ensure that all visitors to your site have a great experience.