Digital content empowers accessible reading
For the user with a disability, the challenge is to find content and tools that provide the most convenient access to information.
A print-disabled person is a “person who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability.” [Source: Wikipedia] Individuals with a print disability often use assistive technology for reading.
Therefore, for the content developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility tools from working efficiently.
Readability also plays a role in the enjoyable reading experience. It applies to both, natural language and programming languages.
“Readability is the ease with which a reader can understand the written text.” [Source: Wikipedia] Researchers are using various factors to measure readability, including:
- Speed of perception
- Fatigue in reading
Accessible or inclusive reading opens doors and allows people to gain or maintain independence.