Monday, July 23, 2007

Need help with Accessible User Experience Design? Just Ask.

Free accessible UX book available for download ...

"Many websites have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use them. And most web software tools are not sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities, making it difficult or impossible for them to contribute to the Web. This is a very big deal. Many millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the Web. Web accessibility is about removing those barriers so that people with disabilities can use and contribute to the Web.

Designing for accessibility doesn't require a whole new design process; it generally involves only minor adjustments to your existing design process. For example, accessible design techniques fit well into User-Centered Design (UCD) processes. This book tells you how to integrate accessibility throughout design.

- Part I: The Basics is for anyone wanting to include people with disabilities in their design process, even at an informal level.
- Part II: Accessibility in the User-Centered Design Process focuses on helping usability professionals incorporate accessible design practices into a User-Centered Design process.

Even if your organization doesn't use a robust UCD process, you can still use many of the tips and techniques described in Part II to incorporate accessibility in your designs, however formal or informal your process."    (Continued via Usability News)    [Usability Resources]

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