We live in a world where technology is rising, and there should be no limits to what we can do with it. Technology should promote equality, not hinder it. Yet many people are put at a disadvantage because they cannot see what you see. The recent development of technology like accessiBe, which is designed to improve web readability for the disabled, is a great step forward, but more needs to be done.
Many disabilities can hinder someone’s ability to see what is on a screen. For example, visually impaired people may not be able to see text or images on a web page. Screen readers are one way to help these people access the information on a web page, but they are not perfect. In addition, screen readers can sometimes be difficult to use, and they do not work with all web pages.
Here are some ways you can improve web readability for people with disabilities:
Use high contrast colors between the text and the background.
Using high contrast colors between the text and the background can help visually impaired people see the text more clearly. For example, you can use a combination of black and white text on a light or dark background or different colors with high contrast.
Use large fonts
You can also improve web readability by using large fonts. This is helpful for people who have difficulty seeing small text. You can change the font size in your browser settings or use a built-in web page with large fonts.
Include images with descriptions
If you include images on your web page, include an image description. This will help visually impaired people understand what the image is about. You can use the alt attribute in HTML to add a description of the image.
Make your web page accessible to screen readers.
Screen readers are software programs that read aloud the text on a web page. They are helpful for visually impaired people, but they can also be used by people who have difficulty reading or want to listen to the text instead of reading it. You can make your web page accessible to screen readers by using the correct HTML tags and by providing good alternate text for images.
Make your site mobile-friendly
More and more people access the internet on their phones and tablets, so it is important to make your site mobile-friendly. This means that your site will look good and be easy to use on devices with small screens. You can test your site to see how it looks on different devices or use a tool like Bootstrap to make it mobile-friendly.
Use best practices for web design.
Following best practices for web design will help make your site accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. You can learn more about these best practices on the W3C website.
The bottom line on how technology should work for everyone.
There are many ways to improve web readability for people with disabilities, and following best practices for web design is a good place to start. Technology should work for everyone, and we need to continue developing tools like accessiBe to make the internet more accessible. We must never forget that technology is a tool to promote equality, not hinder it.