According to the recent statistics, 53.2 million people with ages 45 and above suffer from one form of visual impairment or another. That’s only for the US alone, and 18% of these people are deemed to be “legally blind”.
But even through that, most of them actually access the internet on a daily basis. This trend is projected to increase in the coming years, with the internet being more and more available to various audiences. This is where the common stumbling block for web graphic design is—the lack of features that could make a website more accessible to those who are visually impaired.
So what can web designers do to address this? Simple:
1. Give an allowance for large text. More often than not, most visually impaired users only need to enlarge the text for convenience. Adjustable text in a web layout increases legibility and therefore provides better experience.
2. Don’t use graphical text. Using text images are bad for people with low vision, since they either need different fonts or colors combinations for a better view. Text images can’t be highlighted (which is one of the tricks visually impaired people use to see text clearer) and their size can’t be changed using browser options or other tools to enlarge text. A good website design firm usually avoids this practice to help out with this issue.
3. Ensure good website navigation through the use of keyboard. It’s really important for a website to have keyboard shortcuts because most visually impaired people have poor hand-eye coordination. Most of them use only keyboards to access websites. There are a lot more ways of catering to visually impaired, and it’s the job of a good and ethical web development company to cater to their needs because hey, everyone enjoys the internet, no matter what situations they are in.