Monday, October 30, 2006

Accessibility and user research

Maurizio Boscarol has published an article 'Working with others: Accessibility and User Research'.

The artilke discusses some of the current recommendations through WCAG (and how they were established) and some of his own observations regarding users with disabilities.

Maurizio has called for a lot more research into Accessibility rather than just following the standard guidelines which may have been established without full regard of how users (with impairments) actually navigated websites.

"In short, we need less discussion and more user research. Especially when
our guidelines form the basis of national laws, we need to ensure that they’re
founded on real user experience. And in the meantime, accessibility experts,
let’s conduct—and publish—more user research to support our
recommendations."

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