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1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

How to make indicators more accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here's how.

The following suggestions can help you to make your indicators friendlier and more condusive for the following types of persons: Seniors, those with low vision, those who are blind and vision impaired, and those who are hard of hearing and those looking for indicators that are easy to understand.

  • Make sure that your indicators can emit some sort of sound that is easy to hear and distinguish.
  • Make sure that they are easy to see.
  • Use colours that are easy to see and colours that are contrastable. That is foreground against background.
  • Your indicator should be placed in spots that are easy to find.
  • If indicators need to be installed or set up, then provide instructions that are easy to understand and written in simple language.
  • Your indicators should be large enough for persons to see.
  • If possible, have indicators that are tactile.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

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