Accesibility for users with dyslexia

Webs designed for accesibility

Around 1 in 10 users suffers dyslexia, which brings us to think that we should take this group and their needs into account when designing an accessible website. At Imaginanet we know it and this is why we design inclusive websites for everyone. In general, it is important to know that dyslexia can derivate into difficulties on fonics, writing, directions, numbers and organisation in general. Here there is a list of the factors to consider when designing a website:

  1. Clear and neat Navigation
    Neat fonts, alongside basic icons, can be helpful for getting a clear image (not only for dyslexic users but for all of them). Giving the user the possibility of changing the font could be another option.
  2. Short, concise paragraphs
    Information should be exposed in a synthetic way. If we have a very long text, a clickable index with a list of headings would be reccomendable.
  3. Text justification
    Maintaining the texts justified to the left is another way to make the content reading easier. For a dyslexic person, it is more difficult to read texts justified to the right or in the centre.
  4. Multiple channels
    We try to offer the information in different formats: video, text, voice... In this way, we get a richer, more inclusive design.
  5. Search engines
    It is important to insert a search engine in every website, so users can find exactly what they are looking for in one click. This will improve the User Experience (UX).
  6. One single layout
    We use one single layout which is consistent, well structured and easy to use, for the whole website. This helps getting a better and confortable navigation for users.
  7. Images and music
    Trying to avoid inserting music that sounds by default, or images behind the text, will help users focus in the content. It is also reccomendable avoiding flash images.
  8. Browsing errors
    It is also important to be permisive and to design a menu that allows browsing errors. For instance, when placing an order, we should allow to go back at any point, and even cancel the order. This can be a key point for engaging dyslexic users, in terms of improving their User Experience (UX).
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