Web Accessibility at BIG Media
We at BIG Media are committed to ensuring that our website is accessible for all users.
Accessible design principles are based on the philosophy that every person, regardless of circumstance/status, deserves access to information.
When individuals have access to the same information, it allows for a better control over the learning process and improves everybody’s capacity to access information. However, web accessibility isn’t just about people with disabilities. Web accessibility also benefits older people with changing abilities due to aging.
The primary beneficiaries of accessible design are differently-abled individuals. For example, an individual with impaired vision will not benefit from a written transcript in very small fonts or bright colors, and thus, information should be provided in a smile and more easy to access format and if possible an auditory form as well.
Estimates vary, but many studies indicate that approximately 20% of people have some kind of disability. [Source: WebAIM: http://webaim.org/intro/]. When individuals have access to the same information in various formats, it allows for a great deal of control over the learning process, and thus, improves everybody’s capacity to access information. However, Web Accessibility isn’t just about people with disabilities. Web Accessibility also benefits older people with changing abilities due to aging.
Tips for Browsing BIG Media website
Almost every modern browser and operating system offers built-in features with assistive technologies. Below are some basic tips to address the most common accessible challenges. For a comprehensive list of tips on browsing, visit: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative – Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customizing Your Computer.
Use Screen Readers
The use of screen readers assists individuals who are blind or have visual impairment. The following are some popular screen readers:
Mac OS X Voiceover
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
Magnify Your Screen
The quickest and easiest way to improve legibility of web content is to magnify your screen size. Many web browsers allow you to zoom in on web pages by using simple keyboard controls.
Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7/10
Customize Your Mouse Pointer Settings
Changing the speed of which your mouse pointer moves assists those individuals with motor skill impairment. By slowing down the speed of your mouse pointer, navigation or buttons are easier to click on.