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Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia

From: Brian Bors <b.bors@accessibility.nl>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 14:57:00 +0200
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Cc: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Greetings Juliette,

Apart from the excellent answers already stated I would also like to point
out SC 1.4.5.

Users with dyslexia are slowly starting to use one of the dyslexia fonts
out there (especially if they have trouble with "flipping" letters and
numbers like 9 and 6 for example.). Following SC 1.4.5 (among other SC)
makes sure that people have the ability to use the font of their choice to
read any text on a webpage.

But yes. Forgetting about dyslexia and applying universal design instead is
probably the wiser choice in general.

Greetings,

Brian Bors
Accessibility foundation - the Netherlands

2017-05-02 23:08 GMT+02:00 Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>:

> Jonathan makes a good point: "This is why the WAI has released a number
> of documents as non-normative notes to assist the community."
> and may I add, the Level AAA WCAG Success Criteria
> <https://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/conformance.html#uc-levels-head>,
> which can be applied some of the time to some of the content that will
> additionally benefit users with Dyslexia.
>
> and, a call for help,
>
> I seem to have lost my cross-reference of WCAG Success Criteria by
> Disability Type, Its a table that shows the disability that benefits from
> conformance to that Success Criteria.  There was a reference (table or
> spreadsheet) that listed the disabilities by WCAG Success Criteria, and a
> list of Disabilities and the WCAG Success Criteria that were benefitted.  I
> thought is was once in the TEITACC report [Note 1]. Any links anyone?
> I think Dyslexia and/or Cognitive/language/learning was on the cross
> reference table/spreadsheet.
>
> The TEITACC does list Disabilities – The disabilities for which this
> recommendation is intended to remove barriers.
> see https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/
> communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/background/
> teitac-report/6-the-recommendations#add
> Specifically listing the following in "Disabilities: Cognitive/language/learning
> ", see example from provision 3-I Pausing below
> but its not is an easy to use a table or sortable spreadsheet for look-up
> reference.
>
> Example:
>         3-I:  Pausing
>        A mechanism must be provided to pause moving . . .
>         Additional Information
>
>    - Text from Web and Software
>    - Source:  {508}1194.21(h)
>    - Impact:
>    Version 1:  Significant:  User agents provide support for this on some
>    Web technologies. But for other Web technologies and for software, the
>    application developer must provide this support.
>    Version 2:  Not Significant once techniques are known (and by the time
>    this is in effect) it should not be hard to do this as a routine step and
>    will be appreciated by many mainstream as well.
>    - External Reference:  Harmonized with WCAG 2.0-2.2.2 Pausing (Level
>    AA)
>    - Testability:  Inspection
>    - *Disabilities:  Blindness, Low vision, Cognitive/language/learning*
>
>
> Note 1: 508 Advisory Committee Report https://www.access-board.gov/
> guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-
> the-ict-refresh/background/teitac-report
>
> Does anyone have the table or spreadsheet version?
> __________
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins
> Senior Engineer & Accessibility Executive
> IBM Accessibility Research
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> <http://ageandability.com/>twitter.com/IBMAccess
> ageandability.com
>
>
>
> From:        Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
> To:        WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Date:        05/02/2017 02:19 PM
> Subject:        RE: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia
> ------------------------------
>
>
>
> Ø  Why and how would you want to do that rather than just subscribing to
> a well-defined set of universal design criteria?
>
> As good and relevant as the WCAG 2 guidelines are – there is always room
> to review and add to them.  In 2008 technology was at a different state and
> the guidelines were written to be technology agnostic to the web technology
> at the time.  Today new specifications such as ARIA are available and
> different technologies and options are available for users.  Considering
> the broadest set of needs that may not have been possible in 2008 but that
> are possible to be put into future guidelines today should and must be
> evaluated to make sure we increase accesss to more content for more
> people.  In addition, implementing best practices that cannot become formal
> guidelines but that may increase access is an important step as well.
> There will always be useful things that can be done but for whatever reason
> can’t make it into the final guidelines but still provide value to some
> users.  This is why the WAI has released a number of documents as
> non-normative notes to assist the community.
>
> Jonathan
>
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> *From:* Lars Ballieu Christensen [mailto:lbc@sensus.dk <lbc@sensus.dk>]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, May 02, 2017 2:35 PM
> *To:* Juliette
> *Cc:* WAI IG
> *Subject:* Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia
>
> Hi Juliette
>
> I would still argue that the best approach would be to follow the general
> accessibility guidelines (WCAG 2) – that would address the needs most users
> (not all, I know). In my opinion, the alternative is problematic … having
> to explicitly decide which users you would want to accommodate. The
> visually impaired? The dyslexic? Those with motor deficiencies? … the list
> goes on. Why and how would you want to do that rather than just subscribing
> to a well-defined set of universal design criteria?
>
> Venligst/Kind regards
>
> Lars
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> *Fra: *Juliette <*piazza.juliette@gmail.com* <piazza.juliette@gmail.com>>
> *Dato: *tirsdag den 2. maj 2017 kl. 18.54
> *Til: *Lars Ballieu Christensen <*lbc@sensus.dk* <lbc@sensus.dk>>
> *Cc: *WAI IG <*w3c-wai-ig@w3.org* <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>>
> *Emne: *Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia
> *Sendt igen fra: *<*w3c-wai-ig@w3.org* <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>>
> *Dato for sendt igen: *Tue, 02 May 2017 16:56:05 +0000
>
> Hi Lars,
>
> I really agree with you. The thing is I know a few companies who either
> want to show to the world that they are 'accessible for people with visual
> impairment' or 'accessible for people with dyslexia' or whatever the
> impairment. They think, providing a guidelines on how to make a website
> accessible for people with dyslexia for example will give them good
> publicity.. I tend to explain them that such people will all have their own
> way to use websites so at the end, if they really want to be 'accessible
> for people with dyslexia', they simply need to be accessible and following
> the W3C guidelines is probably the best way to do that.
> Thanks for you feedback!
> Best,
> Juliette
>
>
> On 2 May 2017 at 17:47, Lars Ballieu Christensen <*lbc@sensus.dk*
> <lbc@sensus.dk>> wrote:
> Hi Juliette,
>
> Accessibility as a term is usually not used to describe accommodations for
> particular user groups, e.g., people with dyslexia. Rather, accessibility
> refers to a set of universal design principles that aim to ensure that
> digital solutions can be used as widely as possible, irrespective of
> disabilities, situations and technologies.
>
> I’m sure you can find design recommendations for people with dyslexia, but
> in my opinion that has nothing to do with accessibility. It’s actually
> quite the opposite.
>
> Venligst/Kind regards
>
> Lars
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> Specialister i tilgængelighed/Accessibility Consultants
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> 23* <+45%2040%2032%2068%2023> - Skype: Ballieu
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>
> *Fra: *Juliette <*piazza.juliette@gmail.com* <piazza.juliette@gmail.com>>
> *Dato: *tirsdag den 2. maj 2017 kl. 18.13
> *Til: *<undisclosed-recipients:;>
> *Emne: *Web accessibility for people with dyslexia
> *Sendt igen fra: *<*w3c-wai-ig@w3.org* <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>>
> *Dato for sendt igen: *Tue, 02 May 2017 16:14:46 +0000
>
> Hello,
>
> Is there any guidelines to make a website accessible for people with
> dyslexia?
> My thoughts are that people with dyslexia can use a wide range of
> assistive technologies or no assistive technology at all. For this reason,
> making a website accessible for people with dyslexia leads to entirely
> follow the W3C guidelines. But, is there any specific standards or criteria
> for people with dyslexia?
> Thanks a lot.
>
> --
> Juliette
>
>
>
> --
> Juliette
>
>
>
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