Accessible content and usable content are often viewed as separate, mutually exclusive outcomes that employ different design approaches, requirements, and principles. As such, organizations, corporations, and agencies that are required to comply with accessibility requirements may not be aware of the ways in which following Section 508 and WCAG actually enhances the user experience for all. Alternatively, content developers may not consider the business and technical benefits of employing accessible design to increase usability for all.
Laura Silver, Trivantis wants to change that. In last week’s webinar, she shared some use cases that highlight the business case for accessible design, such as the increasing age and diversity of employees in the workforce. It was an info-packed webinar. Laura started with foundational concepts like the difference between accessibility and usability and then built on that.
In short, accessibility means people with disabilities can equally perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with content as well as those without disabilities. Usability refers to the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction derived from content and resources.
Laura also shared 10 practical approaches to making your content more accessible and usable for everyone. They are:
- Consistent Navigation
- Transcripts & Captions
- Keyboard Only Support
- Form Labels
- Color Contrast
- Straightforward Language
- Chunk Content with Markup
- Descriptive Links
- Focus States
- Color Choices
Watch the Accessibility & Usability webinar recording below for examples of each of the above strategies and tips for implementing them.
We had a couple questions we ran out of time to address. Laura kindly answered them after the fact. Let’s take a look.
Laura also shared her top accessibility resources with us here:
- Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
- Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
- Web Accessibility In Mind (WebAIM)
We loved having Laura Silver share her expertise with us on this subject and hope you enjoyed this webinar.
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