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Website Accessibility and Color Design

This website provides education on accessible website color design.

Giacomo Mazzocato

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Posted by: alex blok on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.

This is an awesome tool! It allows you to pick from different text and background colors. The tool allows people to choose color pairs that are more universally designed. It simulates three types of vision deficiencies. If the website gives you a check mark, the contrast between the colors is good.

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Posted by: white259 on Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

This was an amazing resource for all text based things not just websites. It shows whether or not a foreground/background combo is accessible and what that combination looks like to people with different visual impairments. Overall, incredible useful and user friendly.

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Posted by: cburckardt on Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 8:19 a.m.

This resource has a lot of value because more and more of our lives are taking place online, and there is a bigger push for websites to be optimally designed for persons with disability.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability