When creating content for the web, it is important to consider that people perceive and interact with information in different ways. This could be due to a physical or cognitive disability, but it could just as easily be due to language or a lack of familiarity with computer technology. Consider:
- Blind users cannot see images or infer a relationship between content items merely because they are placed near one another (visual proximity).
- Low-mobility users often cannot use a mouse (blind users don't either).
- Color-blind individuals cannot perceive some colors, and some cannot perceive any color at all.
- Deaf users sometimes have difficulty reading content if there are rotating or otherwise changing graphics.
- Older and inexperienced computer users often have difficulty finding information on a web page.
The above illustrates only a few of the things to consider when writing content for the web, and it may seem at first glance that providing web content that is inclusive may prove too challenging. In actuality, there are just a few principles to consider that, when utilized, will benefit all users who come to your site.
In this section you will find information about the proper way to create and maintain well-formed content, including guidelines for lists, images, tables, use of color and more.