The last version of Internet Explorer, version 11, was released on October 17, 2013. This is a very long time ago when taking into account the rapid development of web technologies. These days it is often difficult and time consuming to get modern technologies to work well in this old browser. More and more frameworks are dropping support, and even Microsoft themselves has announced that they will fully drop support for IE in their own services in 2021.
Consequently, we have decided to not include support for IE in the Design Library website.
Accessibility, or inclusive design, is about making sure your service can be used by as many people as possible.
This does not just apply to people with disabilities - all users have different needs at different times and in different circumstances.
As our customers become more and more dependent on our digital services it is of increasing importance to also consider people with disabilities in the design process. If we don’t take into account people with certain needs we risk excluding a large part of our customers.
About 20 per cent of our population has some form of disability, which makes it more than just a marginalized group, but rather a substantial part of our customers.
We are continually striving for having applications and services available for anyone in need of them, regardless of their individual need and capability; everybody benefits from design that is made with good accessibility in mind.
It also makes sense to not exclude about 20% of the population.
European Accessibility Act will soon be the law in the memberstates of the EU. Once it becomes the law, failure to comply can lead to penalties.
When designing digital services we shall follow well-established guidelines for accessibility, such as W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, version 2.1 (WCAG 2.1). These consists of four basic principles:
These checklists come from Webbriktlinjer.se and can help you both understand and evaluate accessibility in your project . We have selected a few that should be especially interesting to you (only in Swedish):
The complete list of checklists: https://webbriktlinjer.se/checklistor/
If you don't take anything else from these pages, these points are a SUMMARY of what you should remember:
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