SharePoint Site Accessibility Planning – Visual Impairment

This article is based on planning Information Architecture and designing a SharePoint site for mates with special needs – Low vision and colour blindness. Nearly 53.7% of the total population have one or more long-term eye conditions, based on self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011–12, therefore, it is our responsibility as Solution Architects that we ensure the SharePoint site is safe and easily accessible for our friends

When designing a User Experience for SharePoint or a website, Information Architects should render accessibility considerations. There is a lot of write up on the Microsoft Website, that I am sharing here just a reminder for us that we need to include these thoughts also.

Ensuring the Microsoft Accessibility standards for Colour Blind or Low Vision mates, as colours can be beautiful but it should be safe to use for everyone. Below is a very helpful link from Microsoft on Vision Guide ->


For SharePoint Online Office for business SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise SharePoint Server 2013 Standard ->

For SharePoint Online Office for business Office 365 Small Business SharePoint Online Website ->

Guide for designing a SharePoint Site:

References: Prevalence of visual impairment – Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing.

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