A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences (1st Edition)

A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences (1st Edition)

Whitney Quesenbery, Sarah Horton

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1933820977

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


If you are in charge of the user experience, development, or strategy for a web site, A Web for Everyone will help you make your site accessible without sacrificing design or innovation. Rooted in universal design principles, this book provides solutions: practical advice and examples of how to create sites that everyone can use.

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corner, or because the traffic on the main road sounds different than the quiet side streets. It’s the same on websites. Differences in layout and page elements help identify the page type or site section. For example, when encountering a carousel of big images and bold headlines, you might assume that you are on a home page. A page that is mostly information is probably a content page. And a page with a lot of links is for navigation, or what Ginny Redish calls a “pathway” page. There can be

how much they can affect their own level of risk. • The page ends with a list of the things the user is doing right, encouraging good habits. FIGURE 8.1 This e-health tool presents the results of a self-assessment in a way that helps everyone—even people with lower health literacy—understand what their risk is, and what they can do about it. (www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu/hccpquiz.pl) Structure the whole page for scanning and understanding Users don’t think about “the content”

articles about her legal work for accessibility rights. All of the pages include simplified summaries that describe the main point on the page (shown in Figure 8.6). When including simplified summaries, consider how they will be placed on the page early in the design process. They need to be easy to find for people who need them, but not presented in a way that is intrusive or confusing. FIGURE 8.6 This summary is from a page that describes an agreement with the American Cancer Society.

demonstrates how the principle is enacted in the “real world” and why it is important for the web. Then we detail how to achieve the principle through supporting guidelines related to strategy, design, content, and coding. We include information about who is responsible and list the relevant WCAG 2.0 principles, guidelines, and success criteria. At the end of each chapter, we profile a leader in the area of accessible design. The principles are: • Chapter 3, “Clear Purpose: Well-Defined Goals”

• Chapter 4, “Solid Structure: Built to Standards” • Chapter 5, “Easy Interaction: Everything Works” • Chapter 6, “Helpful Wayfinding: Guides Users” • Chapter 7, “Clean Presentation: Supports Meaning” • Chapter 8, “Plain Language: Creates a Conversation” • Chapter 9, “Accessible Media: Supports All Senses” • Chapter 10, “Universal Usability: Creates Delight” Chapter 11, “In Practice: An Integrated Process,” provides guidance for how to weave accessibility best practices into the fabric of

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