Accessible Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Does responsive design make a website more or less accessible? In this session you will learn best practices and techniques for accessible responsive design.

Responsive web design (RWD) can be very good for accessibility but is also poses some new challenges and design considerations to provide an optimal experience for people with disabilities. When done properly, RWD can address many accessibility issues related to low vision and certain mobility impairments. While responsive web design was not created specifically to address accessibility, its aim is to craft sites to provide an optimal viewing experience and easy navigation for all users and thereby address some accessibility issues. RWD enables the website to adapt its layout to the format of the viewing environment through the use of fluid, proportion-based grids, flexible images and CSS3 media queries. Responsive sites adjust to the screen and presents in the most readable and usable way for that particular screen size and format. This can ensure that font size remains readable and at a high resolution for people with low vision. It also keeps interactive elements large and easier to operate for people with mobility impairments. In this session we will review what a responsive website is and talk about the challenges and opportunities for accessibility in regards to responsive web design.

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