Follow existing design principles

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Good design and user experience go a long way in making a site more accessible. An application that is usable for everyone is the most efficient way of ensuring it can be used by someone with a disability. Pay extra attention to ease of navigation, scalability and responsive design, font-type, font-size and contrast.

Some examples of good design principles are:

  • Know the main things people want to do on your site and make them obvious and easy
  • Save the user steps where possible
  • Make it easy to recover from errors
  • Know what questions the user is likely to have and answer them on the FAQ page
  • Tell the users what they want to know, even things like shipping cost and parking fee
  • The language should be clear and concise and needless words omitted
  • Have a clear visual hierarchy where the most important things come first
  • Use conventions, for example the placing of the search field in the top right corner
  • Break the site up in clearly defined areas such as navigation, news feeds, content and external links
  • Make it obvious what is clickable
  • Avoid too much noise by not having everything on the same page, split it up
  • Help the user find her way on the website by using things like clear labels in the navigation and breadcrumbs and make sure the search functionality is optimised