Accommodations for Visually Impaired
Screen reading software for the visually impaired and keyboard overlays for individuals with motor disabilities are two ways in which website designs are moving towards universal accessibility for all users. The coming year will see website designs that feature larger text and captions that are written in easily digestible chunks. Larger text helps to facilitate an easier reading experience for the visually impaired or seniors whose eyesight is starting to wane.
Web Accessibility for Colourblind Users
To make websites even more accessible for the colour-blind, websites should include hyperlinks that are both underlined and coloured. As long as the links are a different colour from the rest of the text, users should realize that the content goes to a different page. Moreover, underlining the hyperlink differentiates the hyperlink from the rest of the webpage’s text thereby allowing the colourblind to navigate the page with ease. If the colours red and green are interchangeable for a particular person suffering from colour blindness, then explaining the map in text might be the easiest fix for current website designs. It’s important that website designers remain cognizant of the colourblind as so many of our transportation maps and menus blend red and green.
Website Designs for Reading Disabled
Captions that are kept succinct and straightforward should also be incorporated into new website designs for 2015. Why? Because simple captions aid the reading experience of people suffering from dyslexia or reading disorders. Where applicable, texts should also include illustrations to make complex concepts conveyed through text even easier to digest for those with reading disabilities. Enlarging the size of icons can also make links, tabs and other navigation tools easier for the learning disabled to seamlessly negotiate. Including a close-captioning option for the hearing disabled is also an easy way to make a website more web accessible to all users. A sign-language option is also a great alternative for those with severe hearing disabilities.
Summing up the Changes
Website designs are going to continue making strides in the area of web accessibility. The coming year should see more intelligently displayed hyperlinks to accommodate the visually disabled and more closed captioning to help deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Increasing inclusiveness is the driver behind all of these changes.