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Published 28 May 2015

Principles for Accessibility

By Sarah Horton, Whitney Quesenbery

These principles are from the book A Web for Everyone. They act as a framework, based on established design principles, to identify guidelines and strategies for incorporating accessibility into any website or application throughout the design and development process.

I highly recommend reading the book as each of these principles has a set of guidelines that are thoroughly covered.

Source: A Web for Everyone

  1. People First: Designing for Differences

    People are the first consideration, and sites are designed with the needs of everyone in the audience in mind.

  2. Clear Purpose: Well-Defined Goals

    People enjoy products that are designed for the audience and guided by a defined purpose and goals.

  3. Solid Structure: Built to Standards

    People feel confident using the design because it is stable, robust, and secure.

  4. Easy Interaction: Everything Works

    People can use the product across all modes of interaction and operating with a broad range of devices.

  5. Helpful Wayfinding: Guides Users

    People can navigate a site, feature, or page following self-explanatory signposts.

  6. Clean Presentation: Supports Meaning

    People can perceive and understand elements in the design.

  7. Plain Language: Creates a Conversation

    People can read, understand, and use the information.

  8. Accessible Media: Supports All Senses

    People can understand and use information contained in media, such as images, audio, video, animation, and presentations.

  9. Universal Usability: Creates Delight

    People can focus on the experience and their own goals because the product anticipates their needs.

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