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A Web for Everyone

October 26, 2012

I found the following article, “3 Questions: A Web for everyone” from MIT.

It discusses the importance of making the Internet accessible for all people of disability and points out what is necessary to accommodate the different disabilities.  We discussed the colorblind and make sure we use colors that can be seen by the colorblind.  I had not thought about all of the different challenges people with disabilities may face with regard to using the Internet.  For example, people who suffer from seizures from a photosensitivity disorder cannot look at webpages that flash at them.  It will be interesting to see how the Internet evolves to accommodate everyone so that the Internet truly will be for everyone.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2012 9:57 pm

    My nephew is colorblind. I felt bad for the little guy when he was younger, but now at 9 years old, he knows the difference between some colors. His favorite color used to be yellow, now it is black. Ha!
    ~Sarah Cook

  2. October 26, 2012 11:50 pm

    Yes, there are real problems with people with photosensitivity disorders, seizures, and flash animation/images! One thing I’ve been seeing more and more of, particularly on Tumblr, is the accompaniment of warnings with flashing. It’s usually presented as something like “epilepsy warning” or “trigger warning: epilepsy.”

    Frankly, if Kanye West and Jay-Z can remember to warn viewers about content that might trigger seizures, so can we.

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