Usable Design and Accessible Web Sites [B3]


While awareness has never been higher of the need to ensure Web sites are accessible to the widest range of users, in many cases accessibility “solutions” have been implemented which have resulted in web resources which still retain significant usability problems for disabled users – and often introduce usability problems for other users. This is unfortunate, given that in theory, implementing accessible design techniques should result in a more usable web site for all. This session will look at how accessibility good practice, such as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), can be integrated with principles of usable Web design so that accessibility solutions are also usable. As an example, Jakob Nielsen’s usability design guidelines for disabled users will be referenced. Specific areas of web design which can cause disabled users usability problems, such as text-only sites, forms, page layout and site navigation will be addressed.