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Accessibility: For Everyone, Including the Colorblind

I know that you all may think that it’s my mantra, but accessibility is a critical factor to take into consideration when designing a web page. With more than 25% of Internet users disabled in some way, you need to know that 1 in 4 visitors may be viewing your website or blog with limited skills or user enhancements. These range from text readers which “read” your web page out loud to text modifiers which change the look and size of your page’s text to enable the user to read it.

All Web Design Resources brings up how to design web accessible pages for the colorblind, reminding us once again how important accessible web design is.

Have you ever thought about how many people are visiting your website and can’t use it for one reason or another? Well, this number might be higher than you think. If you are truly looking to create a web accessible site, then you need to take color impaired visitors into consideration. For colorblind individuals, the wrong color combinations on a website can make navigation and interaction impossible. However, don’t panic, there are a few simple rules that you can follow to design a website that is functional for the colorblind without giving up any of your website’s favorite design aspects.

I know what some of you might be thinking. Why should I create a website for a small group of people? You might be surprised to find out that colorblindness isn’t as rare as you think it is. This means that one in twelve of your visitors might be coming to your site with some sort of color disability. Just think how many visitors and customer conversions that you might lose if your website is not accessible and usable by the colorblind.

They go on to explain the benefits of designing an accessible website including making your site or blog more user friendly to search engines.

I’ve done a lot of work on my main site, since it is the full version of WordPress and I have control over the look and design elements, to make it as accessible and user friendly as possible. In doing so, I wrote a lot about the different things I did and lessons I learned during the process, including creating an article that takes one web page article and puts it through more than a dozen tests on what it would look like under different circumstances including on a cell phone, hand held computer, text reader, and different types of colorblindness.

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