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Web Accessibility – Use of Colours, Lines and Shapes

 

There is a lot of talk about accessible web design, especially in the nonprofit community. Accessibility in web design is the practice of crafting experiences for all people, including those of us with visual, speech or physical disabilities.

I wanted to show you small tips on how you can make your website accessible to people who have colour blindness. If/when colours don’t work for certain people, you can incorporate different design elements, such as different types of lines, shapes, and even text, to make your content accessible to anyone. These are just a few tips for designing your website accessible, but to understand web accessibility guidelines in detail, I suggest you read WCAG 2.1. I know these guidelines can be overwhelming, but there are lots of online resources out there to familiarize yourself with WCAG.

 

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Osamu Wakabayashi

Web Design Consultant for Nonprofits
He is all about helping nonprofit organizations leverage the power of the internet and do more things online so that they can grow their business. He led Ottawa UI/UX Meetup group with over 2,000 members to promote web designer communities in Canada. He is currently the organizer for Web for nonprofits Meetup group with over 200 nonprofit professionals and leaders in Ottawa.