Wiser Usability: An Age of Experience
Guidelines for designing “age-friendly” websites have been published by AARP, the National Institute on Aging, the World Wide Web Consortium, among others. However, very few web developers follow such guidelines, even when older adults are their intended audience. As we age, we are likely to experience:
- lower contrast sensitivity and color perception, making links harder to identify.
- reduced dexterity and fine motor control, making small targets such as buttons and links harder to select.
- increased tendency to be visually distracted, making navigation more difficult.
- greater difficulty concentrating, making navigation and learning more difficult.
In the future, even non-governmental institutions will need to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: websites must be accessible to users with certain limitations, including those associated with aging.
To make sure that you’re optimizing the web experience for your audience, let Wiser Usability evaluate your website.