Starting with “Inclusive Design” in Mind
When considering all the various points of accessibility; navigation, transcripts, descriptions and so forth, it is even more sensible to include these aspects when planning a document, video or other material. Being proactive with WCAG points when creating materials with accessibility as a key factor will assist greatly later in the process with web publication or dissemination to a large audience.
In another recent article regarding inclusive design, Henny Swan of the Paciello Group makes a great point: “Designing with accessibility and inclusion in mind from the outset has the added benefit of improving usability for both people with and without disabilities. Imagine, for example, a mobile application used to log the hours you work that can be unlocked with touch identification. This helps people who have difficulty inputting text on small screens or remembering password information. Not only does this make the application more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision, people with disabilities that affect their dexterity, and people with cognitive disabilities, but also it simply makes the application easier for everyone to use.”1
She continues by providing several tips to incorporate accessibility during the design process, some of which I will paraphrase below, as they are good tips to remember, no matter what type of material is being created!
Accessibility: Inclusive Design Infographic:
1. Consider situation: Individuals may use the information presented in different situations. Whatever type of delivery method in which you are presenting information, ensure the interface is accessible. This can apply to documents, videos, webinars, or websites.
2. Give control: Make sure there are additional methods of control available, whether it is tab control, or an easily accessible menu. Users should be able to interact in their own way. Technology should not create a barrier.
3. Prioritize content: Arrange an easy to follow layout and organize content with ease of use in mind.
4. Test: Consult or survey end users. Ask questions such as how easy was the information to navigate? Is there any content you were not able to access? Utilize feedback!
1 Swan, H (Oct 7,2017) 7 Principles of Inclusive Design That Put People First: Retrieved from: www.peatworks.org/blog/2017/oct/7