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Design Accessibility Insights and Best Practices for Inclusivity

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Dennis ZechmanCreative Director

In our digital-first world, web design accessibility —designing usable websites for all people —is how you create inclusive and user-friendly web experiences.

From accessible carousels to text over images, every aspect of design plays a crucial role in fostering inclusivity and usability. To help you improve your site’s design accessibility let’s delve into some essential insights and best practices that , emphasize the importance of accessible web design principles.

Accessible Website Design Elements

Out of all web design elements you can include on a site, carousels, text-overlays, and learn more links are some of the most common.

However, most of the time they’re not designed in an accessible way, and are a usability nightmare. Here are some actionable tips you can use to update these elements to have a more accessible design.

How to Create Accessible Carousels

Accessible carousels are ubiquitous elements in web design, but their implementation often poses challenges in terms of usability and inclusivity. A comprehensive guide by Smashing Magazine provides valuable insights into when to use carousels and how to build accessible carousels, emphasizing techniques such as keyboard navigation, ARIA roles, and semantic HTML structure.

Prioritizing keyboard accessibility and ensuring proper focus management are essential steps in creating carousels that cater to diverse user needs like cognitive, motor, or visual impairments.

Best Practice for Designing Accessible Text Over Images

Text overlaid on images can enhance visual appeal, but it also presents accessibility concerns for users with visual impairments or cognitive disabilities. Smashing Magazine’s exploration of accessible text over images delves into techniques for optimizing readability and ensuring compatibility with assistive technologies.

Employing high contrast ratios, providing alternative text, and utilizing CSS techniques for text enhancement are crucial steps in designing inclusively without compromising aesthetics.

Effective Learn-More Links Improve User Engagement

Learn-more links serve as gateways to additional content or resources, but their design and placement significantly impact user engagement and accessibility.

The Nielsen Norman Group’s article on learn-more links highlights the importance of clear labeling, strategic placement, and concise descriptions to facilitate seamless navigation for all users.

By incorporating descriptive text and avoiding vague phrases like “click here,” designers can enhance accessibility while promoting user interaction and exploration.

Championing Accessible Design Isn’t Hard

Design accessibility is not merely a checkbox but a fundamental aspect of creating digital experiences that prioritize inclusivity and usability for all users.

By embracing best practices outlined in resources such as Smashing Magazine and the Nielsen Norman Group, designers can elevate their craft to ensure accessibility in web design. From accessible carousels to text over images and learn-more links, every design element contributes to a more inclusive online environment.

Let’s continue to champion accessibility in design to foster a web that is welcoming and accessible to everyone.

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Dennis Zechman | Creative Director
Dennis solves design challenges with data and creativity, culminating in engaging and impactful work. Looking for a file? He likely knows where it is.

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