Chrome Launches Tool To Help Developers Make Websites That Solve Visual impairments
March. 12, 2020
Google has launched a new Chrome tool that allows developers to mimic visual impairments like colour blindness to help them fix accessibility issues on their sites.
Developers can use this feature by launching Google Chrome and heading to the browser’s developer tools. There’s a new section titled “emulate vision deficiencies,” which features a drop-down menu of vision limitations.
Selecting one, such as tritanopia (a condition where a person cannot distinguish the colours blue and yellow), would allow developers to mimic the condition, changing the colours of their site so they can see if it’s difficult to read without those specific colours.
Google’s new developer tools follow the release of Firefox’s visual disability dev tools. The inclusion of these dev tools in both browsers is important, as both web browsers display sites differently.
About 300 million people around the world, or 8 per cent of all men and 0.5 per cent of all women, are impacted by colour blindness, according to Colour Blind Awareness.
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