Access 8878: Web Accessibility - Code of Practice

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Designing for Older People

As we get older our need for accessible content becomes greater. Adherence to WCAG 2.0 guidelines helps us to create content that is accessible to people with disabilities, including those types of disabilities that come with age.

For older people there are also some specific considerations based on ease of use, and meeting the needs of a generation that may not have started to use computers until later in life.

These specific needs relate to:

  • Simplicity of information and interaction
  • Emphasis of navigational features
  • Display issues such as text size and contrast
  • Trust; including reassurances of submitted data and accuracy of information

Guidelines and resources

WAI-Age (this link will open in a new browser window) is a project that aims to provide extend existing WAI guidelines to include specific guidance for developing interfaces for older people.

See also:

BS 8878 notes that the last set of guidelines in the above list (NIH/NLM) is the most comprehensive and provides around 80 guidelines. It also makes note that the NLM guidelines and WCAG guidelines sometimes present conflicting or differing information. Where these guidelines do conflict, developers must make their own decision on which guidelines to implement based on which will provide the greatest benefit.

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