Web Design & Disabilities Affecting Many Visitors.
Web sites are visited by significant numbers of people with varying disabilities. It's not all paraplegia and quadriplegia. Some other disabilities also include:
- Short term memory loss that prevents you readily remembering new terms and acronyms.
- Mild whiplash or back injury that prevents you sitting in front of the computer for too long.
- Colour blindness affecting 5.5% and preventing specific or all colour differentiation.
- Long-sightedness afflicting most of us as we age with difficulty identifying small detail.
- Partial to complete blindness causing dependence on aural description of site.
- Combination of blindness and profound deafness requiring use of brail reader.
5.5% of your visitors are colour blind - that's a minimum of 5.5 million paying customers and a substantial market share all by itself. To cater to this disability, avoid medium colours as much as possible and always use light colours against dark colours or dark colours against light colours - but NEVER light colours against light colours or dark colours against dark colours no matter how clear or attractive it may look to you.