Anyone who designs, develops, or creates content for the web must ensure that their end-products are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
The web has become such a sensory-rich medium that it’s easy to forget about making the content accessible to people with visual, hearing, and/or motion impairments. When it comes to developing in a manner that is accessible, here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Blind individuals often use screen readers, which is software that uses audio output to interpret and “read” the content out loud to the user.
- Hearing impaired individuals may depend on captions and transcripts to access audio.
- Individuals with motor impairments may prefer to use a keyboard rather than a mouse to navigate a webpage.
Of course, different groups have different responsibilities when it comes to creating a more accessible web.