Ask DN: Do you design for accessibility?

over 6 years ago from Wouter Ramaker, Senior Designer & Organiser of UX Cocktail hours Rotterdam

  • Richard BallermannRichard Ballermann, over 6 years ago

    Yes, government would definitely be at the top of the list for mandated accessibility, but a lot of big companies consult their legal teams on many things and it can lead to some pretty head-scratching requests.

    As for a high contrast version, it seems like a lot of wasted effort trying to make something for everyone. There has got to be a browser extension out there that will override CSS and display an AA accessible version anyways. Seriously, just try and start designing with AA contrast in mind, you're likely going to be making more than a few compromises that you'd rather not. Especially true if you have concrete brand colors already in play.

    I would only aim for visual accessibility if I knew the majority of users had vision impairment and the site was specifically focused on providing a service to those types of individuals. My opinion is that if your eyesight is so poor that you can't read even reasonable contrast levels you probably aren't going to complain that people aren't designing things properly because you would/should be using a screen reader.

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