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
  • Visibility

Accessible or inclusive reading opens doors and allows people to gain or maintain independence.

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