[BCAB] Whether it is Accessible or Useable that is the Question

Steve Green steve.green at testpartners.co.uk
Thu Oct 10 16:18:46 BST 2019


Those are the four principles of accessibility as defined in WCAG. They are a prerequisite for usability, but usability itself involves different factors. It's not semantics - they are different things.

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Barry Hill <barry.hill3 at sky.com> 
Sent: 10 October 2019 14:16
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Whether it is Accessible or Useable that is the Question

For me, accessibility and usability are semantics.  I go by the POUR model:
A website or app needs to be Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust.  Here's more on that:
https://webaim.org/articles/pour/

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Cheers

B



-----Original Message-----
From: Vic Pereira <vic.pereira at virn.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:27 PM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: [BCAB] Whether it is Accessible or Useable that is the Question

Good day everyone

Determining whether or not a website is accessible or useable has always been a difficult question for me. Several years ago I helped a bit with the WCAG effort. At times it was obvious when a website wasn't accessible to a person who had low vision or no vision, especially when adaptive or assistive technologies needed to be used.

I also came across several examples of websites that were more difficult, however with some investment in learning the basic text to speech software navigation functions the experience became much more positive.

When a website uses embedded headings, tables, actual controls etc. it can work very nicely if a person is comfortable using the text to speech software functions to move between elements and navigate tables.

Now if a person wasn't able to invest the time in learning the adaptive or assistive technology and issues complaints about websites not being useable I have no idea where to put the blame. This is outside of having a learning or cognitive disability of course.

Vic


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