Accessibility in web design – Should have gone to PoLR (get it!?)

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Being an Accessible Web Design company and concerned with all aspect of providing a good experience for people with any visionary impairment or disability, I had my first ever eye test the other week!

Working through some website builds and ticking off all of the accessibility elements like text size, alternative views and image replacement I decided that I should put myself (and Lynne) through an eye test, so I duly signed us up!

I had pretty spot on vision and no need for glasses and Lynne had a similar outcome with a very slight ‘stigmatism’ in her left eye, but still no need for glasses. The actual process itself was fun though, with your face in a contraption and then having to read different sized text and what not and give an idea of visual clarity back to the optician.

There was a colour test involved where I was to read out text behind different colours, this is exactly the same when people may be having difficulty reading text on your website because you have decided to have a red background with green text, for example – a very error basic and obvious ‘no-no’! Also when reading the tiny text, I was rhyming off with great accomplishment, each individual letter. Now, that was fine for me with perfect vision (although I was still having to squint to see it) but imagine someone with a lesser eyesight having to do the same on your website, they’d end up leaving in an internet induced huff!

Could this be the way forward for website owners who fail to understand the requirement for accessibility in web design? It can quite easily occur that the owner of the website is so concerned about getting their company message/salespath correct that they neglect to think about these elements.

I vote we send any of our clients who aren’t ‘sold’ on accessibility for an eye test in future because then it is easier to put yourself in the shoes of someone with a visionary impairment (or other disability) and understand exactly what needs to be addressed when building your website. Putting yourself in your clients’ shoes for successful accessible website development.

(Should have gone to PoLR – Should have gone to Specsavers? No? Ok, so it was a bad joke)

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