I was writing check points (standards) for a web site for disabled people. There are loads of disabled people in this world who just wanna experience the web as we do. Here are some tips that can improve their user experience on Links and Navigation. There are lots more to consider, these are just an example.
• Skip Navigation.
This feature will let users to make some quick jump over the links. It’ll help disabled people to avoid regular links and go to the content directly. It’ll reduce the number of times we use the tap key.
• Can’t use mouse?? Then issue
• Images as the links
If images used instead of typical text based links then screen reader won’t read these images. Disabled user will have problem in understanding the feature or function of the link.
• Text equivalent
When ever images are used as links text equivalents should be included (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content).
• Image Maps
When Image maps are used alternate links or information should be given to disabled people.
• Caption for Videos
Any multimedia presentation should have synchronized caption.
• Proper use of HTML tags for screen reader
Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. (Using the th tag). Also use tags such as ordered list, unordered list etc.
• User has given enough time to react.
When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.