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Re: resources on writing accessible user guides


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Apr 16, 2021 2:08PM

On 16/04/2021 19:27, Scott Brackett wrote:
> - Should we stop using sight-based idioms like "look" and "see"? Are
> those to be avoided in favor of "...find the X link after the Y heading" or
> "if you are searching for X, select the Y link under the Z heading...."
> Or is that over-thinking it?

Anecdotally, having worked with various blind/visually impaired
colleagues and user, words like "look" and "see" aren't really taboo.
Some use them themselves. If there's a better fit for certain
situations, sure. But I wouldn't worry too much about the occasional use
of them.

> - What are recommendations on what interaction descriptor to use instead
> of "click?" Are "select" or "choose" good options? Any others?

Similarly, "click" has become so prevalent that it has a reasonable
"input agnostic" quality to it. If there are more apt ways to describe
an interaction, sure ... "select" when it's actually something that you
select from a list of options or similar. "toggle" when it's a toggle.
"press" a button. "follow the link". "activate". But the occasional
"click" is also fine, particularly if alternatives would start to read
very janky and awkward.

Patrick H. Lauke

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