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Italics are a known problem for some people with dyslexia and the general advice has been to avoid italics (particularly large blocks of italic text) and instead use bold for emphasis. The British Dyslexia Association says: Avoid underlining and italics: these tend to make the text appear to run together. Use bold instead. UX Movement touches on ...


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The study list linked to in the blog mentioned by Matt Obee is here http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/sites/default/files/good_fonts_for_dyslexia_study.pdf It's an interesting paper and the conclusions are worth working through: The main conclusion is that font types have an impact on readability of people with dyslexia. As they do on readability with ...


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Making a wiring system not depend on colour is easy. Making it cost effective is another question. The other answers have excellent ideas (bumps, labels etc) and they work fine in low-volume or custom installations like a datacenter, or ultra-high-cost products like commercial aircraft. Another way is to use a tracer. Telephone rooms have literally ...


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You are correct. You should ignore the Technique 2.2.1 and only use Guideline 1.4.3. The reasons are as follows: Technique 2.2.1 is only a suggestion. As you point out, Technique 2.2.1 is “open to change.” It’s listed in a 14-year-old working draft that apparently hasn’t gone anywhere, and for good reason, as the remaining points will illustrate. ...


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Here are a few resources: Designing UI for Seniors - October 7, 2013 Usability for Senior Citizens - May 23, 2013 There are also a few questions on Quora(.com) that address this issue; search for 'core UX concerns'. In general, older people take longer to use computer technology, and need simpler designs. Make your UIs simple and have plenty of space, ...


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Ideally the content would be rendered in the site via good ole' HTML/CSS to be SEO-friendly, though nowadays Google is already also indexing alternate file formats like PDF and Doc. In terms of whether it's a good idea or not: The greatest problem in distributing Word documents is that doing so assumes that all recipients have Microsoft Word. In cases ...


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After a good deal of thinking (partially inspired by PlasmaHH's comment) I came up a solution that would allow even the most visually impaired to identify wires. See this graphic: Using a combination of 2 wire colours, black and white (which are actually shades), plus 4 grey and opposite colour stripes, and a starting position indicator, a thin blue ...


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Who are your service's users? Have these people ever seen Markdown, BBCode or other text markup? If they have, you might be able to get away with using a markup language like Markdown. I would recommend there be a way for the user to preview the email output before they send it. A link to view a list of basic markdown formatting would be good too. ...


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Application designs that don't differentiate between active and inactive windows are violating the principles that: A. Recognition is more valuable then recall B. A system should inform the user about its state. C. The system should help prevent errors These are all Nielson classics. Showing the user what window is in focus prevents users from "typing ...


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Extension cords in the US have a ribbed side and a smooth side. This is to identify the hot wire in the circuit. This technology is already in place and is being used daily. It shouldn't be hard to modify the number of ribs to allow more than two options.


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You are not the only person to have this difficulty, but barring a new specification from the NEC board, it's not something you can solve for in general. Electric wiring is definitely not a one size fits all problem. In domain specific situations, manufacturers, such as automakers and HVAC vendors, need to provide their own solutions. Some do this better ...


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I'm using high contrast because I spend a lot of my time on the computer using my eyes and by the end of the night they often feel very tired and sometimes they start to hurt a little and since I've switched to high contrast earlier today I've definitely felt a difference in my "eye strain" so my eyes definitely feel better after having spent so much time on ...



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