Accessible Web, but not Usable, or Otherwise

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Last updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 20:53:25.

While looking for some websites declaring fully accessible, in some points they are not usable. And the other websites talking about usability are not accessible. No warning by semi-automated accessibility checker doesn’t mean perfectly accessible in real world. Pleasing visually might be usable. But it might not accessible by blind people.

What is the difference between accessible, usable, and universal design? AccessIT at Washington.edu has this:

Unfortunately, people with disabilities are not always included in usability tests. Therefore, many products that perform well in usability tests are not accessible to people with disabilities. Increasingly, accessible and universal design considerations are being addressed by usability professionals. For example, accessibility is now a topic on high-profile usability websites such as Usability.gov, Usability First, and Jakob Nielsen’s useit.com.

The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education.

Usable and good looking website, but lack of color contrast and semantical structures. Accessible by most difable, but lack of visual experiences.

If it works in screen readers, we can use it. But, if it doesn’t work in screen readers, doesn’t mean not usable. It is called inaccessible. Accessibility is not the only way! Go to h*ll accessibility zealots.

Dani Iswara, [myfirstnamelastname]@gmail.com.

2 comments to "Accessible Web, but not Usable, or Otherwise"

  1. Dimas

    Could you give any solution to build a website that consider not only the accessibility side, but also the visual appearance?? thanks Sir

  2. dani

    Dimas,
    depends on targeted users and author preferences. For example, I have a slow Internet connection, so I decided to choose a simple design. But I do agree that Accessites.org has a program to review accessible sites which have a pleasing graphic visualization. So, balance in texts and graphics design are recommended. I’m not a professional in this field.