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Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia

From: Userite <richard@userite.com>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 15:15:30 +0100
Message-ID: <DB16CED5AE2B4D2BAA7ACA21B8B4F8AC@RichardPC>
To: "Harry Loots" <harry.loots@ieee.org>, "Juliette" <piazza.juliette@gmail.com>, "W3C WAI ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear Juliette,

A while ago I had two staff with dyslexia, they each had different colour contrast preferences. A good solution is to allow your users to change the colour contrasts of the site by offering a simple CSS switch at the top of the page. You can then offer a wide range of contrasts. Mind you, a better approach is to teach the users how to change the colours themselves by using a CSS over-ride in their browser. They create a CSS sheet with the colours they prefer then set the browser (in the setting – advanced option) to use their new CSS to over-ride any CSS set by the designer.

Best wishes

Richard Warren
Technical Manager

From: Harry Loots 
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 2:46 PM
To: Juliette ; W3C WAI ig 
Subject: Re: Web accessibility for people with dyslexia

Dear Juliette  

Common consensus is that one builds a website to be as universally accessible as possible - i.e.,  follow WCAG...

However,  there may be occasions when one should create a bespoke site,  e.g. for a school for dyslexic children.

The site can then be tailored to deal specifically with issues they face,  for example: 
1. Sea of white 
2. Adapting background/ foreground colours to suit -- e.g. I discovered many years ago that some people with dyslexia preferred dark text (red) on dark background (purple) (could have been the other way around), and that Comic sans was preferred over Arial, Times by most of the people with dyslexia I had interviewed... 

To the best of my knowledge there are no definitive guidelines for developing sites for people with dyslexia so you may have to  spend time doing user research if this site became a genuine project. 

Kindest regards 

On 2 May 2017 18:21, "Juliette" <piazza.juliette@gmail.com> wrote:


  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.


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