I was not initially clear about reading Tufte in the same week as accessibility, but now it begins to make sense. Visual representations won’t be of much use to blind site users, but using graphics to communicate information could be really helpful for people who have trouble parsing text.
I was very struck by what Joe Clark bringing up people with learning disabilities. When I’d thought about accessibility, I’d pretty much only thought about screen readers, and the need for captions/transcripts of anything with audio (I have a few friends with hearing aids and it’s made me very aware how few YouTube videos with the CC button actually have CC). But I know so many people with learning disabilities and Processing Disorders. I think that remembering these populations could really challenge us to go beyond simple text-on-screen websites. Continue reading »