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What is accessibility?

Accessibility is the ease with which people can use and understand a product or application. This also refers to how applications are adapted for those with disabilities or special needs. Accessibility is a term which is closely linked to learnability and usability.

Why is accessibility important?

Accessibility is a factor that can affect the success of an application. If an application is not adapted to its target audience, then vital users can become frustrated or feel alienated from a product. Accessibility is not always at the forefront of most design applications, but optimizing accessibility can make applications reach a wider audience.

How to optimize accessibility

In order to optimize accessibility, the special requirements of users must be considered. For example, a great number of people are color blind. To make an application accessible for this group, color choice should be carefully considered, particularly with regard to interactive elements. Another way to improve accessibility is through user testing. This is a great way to discover what issues may arise for people with different needs and to discover simple solutions to make applications more accessible to these groups. With greater accessibility user bases can be widened and new clients can be gained.

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