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How do you tackle accessibility?

  • 1.  How do you tackle accessibility?

    Community Manager
    Posted 09-10-2019 10:56
    Something very near and dear to me has always been UX design. As a creative soul, I have always loved the idea of making interfaces as easy as possible to use. But there is a large number of people out there that often get forgotten about when design choices are made - people with accessibility needs.

    The needs can be wide-ranging:
    • People who need your application to be able to be zoomed in
    • People who use screen readers and need well-designed alt text for images
    • People who have trouble reading certain fonts and need a friendly type face to be able to read your text
    • People with colorblindness that may not be able to see certain color combinations
    This post over in the Data community does a beautiful job of explaining how that last point can have a heavy impact on people. Some of the images are jarring if you've never realized how some people see the world; an app you think is designed perfectly suddenly becomes useless to a person with certain color blindness.

    Give the post a read and share what steps you're taking to make your applications and websites accessible. Are you utilizing alternate themes? Do you use screen-reader friendly settings? What other considerations do you take to make sure people get the most out of your applications?

    Sydney Lawton
    Community Manager