Pleasing visually Website designs might be pleasing the eyes only. They are may be inaccessible in some point of views. Usable and accessible words always overlapping each other. Remember, the eyes is not the only one ‘client’.
Based on my browsing experience, these situations usually found on visually usable Websites:
- No ‘Skip to main content’ menu. So, they are not truly usable for tab-bing users.
- Lack of sufficient contrast color. Based on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – contrast ratio. Commonly, it happened on tagline, blog description, post metadata, quotation, and small texts in footer section.
- Links are not distinct. “Underline links in the main content may arise aesthetics problem,” they said. Links are different by its color only. Their decision may become a problem for low vision and color-deficit vision users.
- Lacks of alternative text. Problems are visible while all images turned off in Web browser’s side. No descriptive and proper
altattributes are available.
- Abbreviation is not clear in meaning. Although not using
abbrtag, at least the definiton or expanded version is described in the first of its occurences.
You may also review those condition in:
- ‘Simple’ themes of WordPress and other CMS.
- Blogs and Websites which have a large usability topics.