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Designing for Accessibility

Tips, tricks for Universal Design, Design for All


Using Assistive Technology

Screen Readers

  • Audio interface
  • Convert text into synthesized speech
  • Primarily use keyboard for navigation

How screen readers read web pages

  • Linear (left to right, top to bottom)
  • Users can use keyboard shortcut to skim through content

Testing Options

Navigation Without a Mouse

How to Test Keyboard Accessibility

  1. Unplug your mouse
  2. Use keyboard only
    • Tab key (Shift + Tab: go back a step) to navigate
    • Enter key to activate links, buttons
    • Esc key to cancel dialogs, menus

Touch Screens on Mobile Devices

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