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A little while ago I was called by a man who claimed that he
was having difficulty accessing my website and on further investigation
it turned out that he was visually impaired. Apparently, and I must
admit I was totally unaware of this requirement, all web-sites which
offer goods or services to then public must take into account that some
people wishing to access these sites may have disabilities.
I discussed this with Debbie Harrison of DVH Design, who looks
website, and she has done a great deal of research and is in the
process of upgrading my website to comply with this requirement.
Some people have difficulty reading the standard
font used on sites and
it should be possible for a user to select an enlarged font or a
greatly enlarged font. In addition I understand that some users find
difficulty reading black on a light background so the user should be
able to select a different colour background.
The other requirement is
for the user to be able to use a keyboard instead of a mouse.
I ran an
internal quality auditing course some years ago where three partially
sighted men from Action for Blind People, attended. They requested that
I provide the written material for them in 36 point Times Roman instead
of 12 point as had been the case for other delegates. This was easily
provided and all three delegates not only passed then course but said
that they had really enjoyed the two day.
It is a pity that those of us who have no such disabilities do
automatically think of those less fortunate and make then necessary
adjustments need to allow easy access to our material.
I am certainly no expert but if you need any help with this
suggest that you contact Debbie
at DVH Design
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters
an established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK
which specialises in ISO27001 Information Security Management
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-05-19 13:55:32 in Computer Articles