Accessibility

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Key points

  • Accessibility is very important when designing a software project – users with disabilities should be able to access web pages or programs without difficulty.
  • Program options should be accessible in a variety of ways, not just the mouse. This means that if a user has limited dexterity (unable to move hands far) then they can access each option using another method.
  • Programs should be able to use voice recognition software for text input, so that those without the ability to type can interact with the program.
  • Enlarging items on screen and high-contrast displays can be used to help users with poor vision understand a program.
  • Colour palettes should take into account colour-blindness.
  • Blind users should be able to use voice recognition to input text, or input devices like Braille keyboards.
  • Text from screen should be readable using a screen reader.

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