Articles by Neil Shankar
- Designing for accessibility, step 1: Color contrast
Ensuring adequate color contrast is an easy first step towards making a website accessible to people with disabilities. The WCAG 2.0 AA standard requires at least a 4.5:1 contrast ratio between text and background colors. While making design changes to meet accessibility standards can be challenging, not doing so means excluding users and failing to provide an equal experience. Google Chrome and Twitter have made adjustments to their color palettes to meet the AA contrast standard. While some companies acknowledge the importance of accessibility, they may prioritize maintaining their design language over making necessary changes. However, prioritizing accessibility over design unity is important to ensure all users can access a website. Ensuring good color contrast is a good place to start the journey towards a fully accessible product.