Inclusive Web Design

Illustration of relationship between web accessibility and usability.
Illustration of relationship between web accessibility and usability

The web has become an established source worldwide to access information about anything and everything. It allows for multimodal interaction as long as the layout and content are designed with this interactivity in mind. This multimodal affordance allows people of different abilities to connect with, use, as well as provide and share information. When the content and interaction of a website are designed with a focus on a diverse audience, more people are able to consume and share the data.

Who are your users?
Do you understand their needs?
Do you consider different abilities?

Web accessibility focuses on making websites accessible to people of all different abilities. It is based on the theoretical understanding that if a website is designed and developed using current worldwide standards and guidelines, then the information of the site can be accessed by all equally. But there is more to accessibility than strict conformance to standards.

Web usability focuses on how a user interacts with a website; it is contextual. It is the study of users’ interactions with websites and creating principles and enhancing practices according to these user experiences.

I’m striving towards an inclusive web process that understands the importance of technical accessibility guidelines and that utilizes user-centred design to ensure a good user experience by people of all different abilities.