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
Guidelines and resources
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window) is a project that aims to provide extend
existing WAI guidelines to include specific guidance for developing
interfaces for older people.
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.