How people with disabilities use the web

Just for those who don’t visit or reference the W3C the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) recently published a draft document view the document here.

The draft document “How People with Disabilities Use the Web” provides examples of people with different disabilities using Web sites, applications, browsers, and authoring tools.

Of particular interest to web site owners should be the Scenarios of People with Disabilities Using the Web section which illustrates people with disabilities using assistive technologies and adaptive strategies to access the Web. It provides examples of accessibility features.

  • Online shopper with color blindness – user customized style sheets
  • Reporter with repetitive stress injury – keyboard equivalents for mouse commands, access keys
  • Online student who is deaf – captioned audio from multimedia
  • Accountant who is blind – appropriate table markup and alternative text
  • Student with dyslexia – use of supplemental graphics, freezing animated graphics, multiple search options
  • Retiree with aging-related conditions managing personal finances – screen magnification, stopping scrolling text, avoiding pop-up windows
  • Supermarket assistant with cognitive disability – clear and simple language, consistent design, consistent navigation options, multiple search options
  • Teenager who is deaf and blind seeking entertainment – accessible multimedia, device-independent access, appropriate table markup

Interesting reading and a very useful reference.

“How People with Disabilities Use the Web” is copyright© W3C and licensed under the W3C Document License.

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