With six months to go until the first of the accessibility regulations’ deadlines, I’ve been thinking about how different publishing models could affect UK universities’ preparations and ambitions for accessible web content. In this post, I cover the facts of the regulations, the risks of decentralised publishing, content debt and an idea for a transformative approach to accessible content.
The British Dyslexia Association have updated their Dyslexia Style Guide for 2018. The guide helps designers, web developers and publishers to consider the difficulties dyslexic readers experience and to improve the readability of written content. By following the principles in this guide you can improve the reading experience for everyone, not just those with dyslexia.
There’s an archive of George Orwell’s essays in English and Russian language at http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays. I found the archive last week when searching for a full-text version of Politics and the English Language (1946) to re-read, which contains Orwell’s famous six rules for clear writing. These rules are touchstones for writers or editors and feature in the introduction to The Economist’s style guide.
What is the ‘user experience’ thing? – Sift Digital explain what user experience is, what it’s for and who does it.
Government Digital Service Content Design Principles – style guide for written content on the GOV.UK website.