Matthew Ström

WSJ.com Accessibility Guidelines v1

Introduction

Accessibility is the word we use when describing a broad set of guidelines and principles that make our products easy to use.

This document provides guidelines, tools, and resources to ensure our products are accessible to all our members.

Why Accessibility is Important

Many of our members have visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive disabilities. It is our goal to provide the same value to them as any other member.

However, accessibility is for everybody. Here are some examples of situational disabilities:

By adhering to and maintaining these principles and guidelines, we can make our products better for all our users.

How to Use This Document

This document is a snapshot of our current set of accessibility principles and guidelines. It will be updated to reflect our evolving understanding; please refer to it often.

By familiarizing yourself with this document, you’re supporting our mission of producing more accessible and inclusive products.

Principles & Guidelines

Principle #1: Perceivable

Users should be able to clearly perceive content and interface elements.

Guidelines**: Text alternatives

Guidelines: Adaptable content

Guidelines: Distinguishable content

Principle #2: Operable

All users should be able to navigate and operate all of the functions of an interface.

Guidelines: Keyboard accessible

Guidelines: Enough time

Guidelines: Seizures

Guidelines: Navigable

Principle #3: Understandable

Users should be able to understand content. Users should also be able to understand how to operate the functions of an interface.

Guidelines: Readable

Guidelines: Predictable

Guidelines: Input Assistance

Principle #4: Robust

Content and interface elements should operate reliably by a wide variety of operating systems, consumer hardware, and assistive technology.

Guidelines: Compatible

Tools & Resources

Tools For Designers

Tools For Developers

Resources

References