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Should we be worried about too much easily accessible content?

By Nick Fraser |

As technology and web content accessibility becomes something that so many developers and providers focus on, perhaps it's time to consider the question of whether too much easily accessible content could be a cause for concern. There will likely be differences of opinion on this issue, and there is unlikely to be a simple answer. But perhaps there will be a particular theme that gives us an answer.

 

The argument for "yes"

 

One of the issues associated with too much easily accessible content is that a page can become overloaded with metadata that could slow it down. Well-meaning developers could go overboard with explanations and support through off-screen text and ARIA to the point that too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. When the excessive information for accessibility becomes an obstacle to productivity, this could be defined as "too much" accessibility.

 

The argument for "no"

 

On the other hand, many will argue that the concept of accessibility means "equality", and something can never be too equal. Furthermore, someone could define "too much accessibility" as being inaccessible in itself. The erroneous implementation of accessibility features can actually hinder the user experience, so when there's "too much accessibility" it actually amounts to no longer qualifying as "accessible".

 

The differences between these points of view shed light on a fundamental distinction regarding the concept of accessibility. The "yes" argument views accessibility as the processes and technical aspects of the way a webpage is built, which can be overdone and render a page "too accessible". The "no" argument, on the other hand, defines accessibility as the equivalent experience of the end user, and a page cannot be "too equivalent".

 

There is right in both arguments, as accessibility is both a philosophy and a process. We bring about accessibility (end user equivalence) by implementing accessibility (techniques and coding). For anyone working in accessibility, it's important to understand this distinction and how to present it.

 

To answer the original question, it would seem that we should be concerned about "too much" easily accessible content, because if it is overdone then the end user experience can be less than optimal.

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Nick Fraser

Written by Nick Fraser

Nick has vast experience in creating and developing strong and reliable relationships. Recently relocated from Manchester to London Nick is delighted to jump into the fast and evergrowing world of recruitment. Focusing on Broadcast Media IT sectors Nick helps to secure the best assignments for Project Managers and Business Analysts in the Broadcast Industry. Nick has the drive and key skills to be the ‘’go-to guy’’ in this field and is continually looking to grow his client and candidate portfolio. Want to get in touch? give us a call and meet Nick for a coffee to find out how he can help you. Did you know? Nick had a small part in Hollyoaks as well as a part in BBC drama The Street. That was his extremely short acting career but watch this space at Vine Resources on our social channels!