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UX for the Web

By : Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom
Book Image

UX for the Web

By: Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom

Overview of this book

If you want to create web apps that are not only beautiful to look at, but also easy to use and fully accessible to everyone, including people with special needs, this book will provide you with the basic building blocks to achieve just that. The book starts with the basics of UX, the relationship between Human-Centered Design (HCD), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and the User-Centered Design (UCD) Process; it gradually takes you through the best practices to create a web app that stands out from your competitors. You’ll also learn how to create an emotional connection with the user to increase user interaction and client retention by different means of communication channels. We’ll guide you through the steps in developing an effective UX strategy through user research and persona creation and how to bring that UX strategy to life with beautiful, yet functional designs that cater for complex features with micro interactions. Practical UX methodologies such as creating a solid Information Architecture (IA), wireframes, and prototypes will be discussed in detail. We’ll also show you how to test your designs with representative users, and ensure that they are usable on different devices, browsers and assistive technologies. Lastly, we’ll focus on making your web app fully accessible from a development and design perspective by taking you through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Legal implications for non-accessible products

As we stated in Chapter 8, Build your Product, the 1948 ANSI Barrier Free Standard (ANSI A117.1, Making Buildings Accessible to and Usable by the Physically Handicapped), which specified minimum requirements for barrier-free access to facilities for the physically disabled, could be called the beginning of accessibility guidelines.

However, current standards, including WCAG and WAI-ARIA, are just guidelines. They are not laws, so there are no legal consequences to not following them. This is beginning to change in many countries. Increasingly, countries are implementing legislation about accessibility of digital products. This is often based on applying existing human rights laws to the digital space, and often refers explicitly to the WCAG guidelines. Here are some of the legal changes happening in countries and global organizations around the world, as examples of the trend:

  • Australia: This country provides the most famous case of a successful...