On 30 Jun 2009, at 16:46, Jens-Uwe Korff wrote:

For an example of a high-contrast version may I suggest to check out the Sydney Morning Herald's Travel section (http://www.smh.com.au/travel/ ). Click on "Low vision" in the navigation bar (We're going to replace "low vision" with "high contrast" since the former can be perceived as discriminatory). The styles you see then have been developed together with a vision-impaired person.

They're not pretty, but usable.

I believe a better solution to this issue is to work at the level of the browser, or operating system, rather than on site by site basis. i.e creating really intelligent browser plug-ins or applications that are able to interpret the mess on the internet and make it more usable to all. This solution means that everyone could customise their experience to make it suitable for them. On the smh travel site you have only two options (normal and low vision) to cater for the many hundreds of levels of vision impairment. The current situation seems to be that most designers do nothing about accessibility, a few make an attempt and fail, but only a few get anywhere towards succeeding.

If a company/designer has a certain amount of time/money to spend on accessibility, perhaps the best way to spend it would be to donate it to free accessibility projects. I think this would probably have a greater positive effect on the web. After all, the few people that do spend any time at all on making their websites accessible, probably aren't going to be experts in accessibility, so probably won't do a very good job of it.

Perhaps the WSG would be a good institution for co-ordinating such a scheme for donating money to accessible software projects?


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