One size

does not

fit all.

Accessibility asks us to be authentically thoughtful and embrace constraints—and it starts with our empathy for others.

Accessible technology respects the uniqueness of every individual. It’s technology with a profound purpose. At IBM, inclusive design is everyone’s responsibility. IBM focuses on restless reinvention, and that means advancing all of the human condition, regardless of age and ability.

We must place accessibility at the forefront of the design and development process to ensure that people have more personal and adaptive experiences. The key is to view accessibility not as extra work, but as a design challenge with impact in the market.

Accessibility essentials

Being inclusive can’t be reduced to one simple set of requirements.

Depending on the target user, there may be very deep levels and specific variants of accessibility that you’ll want to establish. At IBM, there is a minimum standard that we require for all offerings.

Take the following six actions in order to ship a product at the level of quality IBM promises for all users.

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Keyboard use

All actions are reachable and actionable via keyboard, and keyboard focus is highly visible.

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Focus

When the user initiates an action, focus moves to a meaningful location.

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Color

Color is of sufficient contrast, as defined by accessibility standards.

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Structure

The page structure reflects the visual structure.

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Clarity

Content is clear and written in a straightforward manner.

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Accessibility Conformance Report

Document product accessibility in an Accessibility Conformance Report (IBM employess, ITI).