Accessibility

When it comes to design, it is important that content is accessible for everyone. Presentation tools are becoming more and more intelligent and inclusive. From the accessibility checker in Office 365 to live subtitling and screen readers in PowerPoint, we know how to design with these tools in mind, so your content reaches as many people as possible. Please honor your entire audience by learning about best practices and the helpful resources below.

“There’s a beauty in recognizing exclusion. It calls on our humanity and our powers of empathy. And when we answer that call, beautiful things happen for our products, our customers, and us.

Microsoft

Inclusive design

Color sensibilities

We ensure appropriate visual contrast for people that process color differently. A color contrast ratio of at least 3:1 normally provides enough contrast, but a color contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 is necessary when you must have enhanced contrast. We are able to test and build presentation templates that apply these rules so colors don’t blend together when seen in grey scale.

Visual challenges

Screen readers are used for those who cannot see the visuals. The order of the layers must be correct so that the dictation is read in the correct sequence. We test to ensure the layer order is correct and content is read from the bottom layer up to the topmost layer. This allows all attendees to clearly understand your narrative and stay engaged with your talk.

Image translation

Visuals provide significance and reinforce the meaning of a narrative. If the visuals cannot be seen, then this is a lost opportunity. Alternative text can be added to the images and graphics as descriptors of an image or graphic that will be read back to the attendee. We ensure the screen reader has the correct description of imagery for people who are not able to view the presentation.

Auditory challenges

Whether it is too loud to hear, easier to just read, or an auditory impairment, the audience still needs to have the ability to receive the spoken communication. Captioning tools continue to improve and get more precise. We help facilitate the logistics in captioning for live events. We also provide services so that the video graphics animations we create are captioned and timed for people with hearing impairments.

Examples of accessible design.

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