Accessibility and Website Design

There is a great video from BSI about the importance of accessibility in website design:

A couple of points made in the video which I find particularly interesting are: most (probably all) website designers understand the importance of accessibility but many (most?) of them really do not realise what it entails and how to ensure they are doing it; and many people who would not otherwise classify themselves as disabled find themselves disadvantaged and excluded by poor design choices and lack of site testing – with developers failing to test their sites to see whether they are indeed accessible.

This is becoming a bit of a cause of mine lately as I have congenital nystagmus (which in my case does not often cause me extreme difficulties – I am for example one of the tiny percentage of people with nystagmus able to drive). However, currently on one of my key projects I am forced to try to use an online resource which in its current iteration appears almost specifically designed to stimulate nystagmus (involuntary wandering/darting eyes) making it pretty much inaccessible to me.

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John Jackson

Higher Education teaching and learning. Senior Digital Learning Coordinator / Educational Developer at University of the Arts London (UAL). Professional advice, consultancy, pan-European+, commercial, public sector, digital innovator, open source, FOSS, eclectic, semi-lapsed linguist and sometime amateur musician. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Occasional blogger and conference attender and presenter.

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