User experience designers guide, Accessibility design review

Accessibility design reviews are one of the practices that help us meet the BBC Mobile Accessibility Guidelines. This helps embed accessibility in components from the start.

Carry out an accessibility design review, allowing enough time to address any issues after the review for:

Organising a review

First, you'll need to organise a review:

Working on a large project? If so, organise regular reviews throughout the design phase. You can then take feedback onboard in stages.

Step by step

We’ll take you step by step through how to carry out an accessibility design review for a component.

Remember to:

Step 1 - Initial look and see

Have an initial look at the visual user experience. This should include the designer of the component, we are all busy and sometimes we miss things. Does anything stand out as an accessibility concern?

Step 2 - Most users, most the time

Work through the key considerations for users, this will cover a high percentage of users most of the time.

Step 3 - Best practice

Use one of the following best practice accessibility guides as a conversation point:

Step 4 - User research

Has any user research taken place, or is any planned? If so, have you included participants with accessibility needs?

Not sure who to include and when, see the researching access needs: who to include when poster by Home Office Digital.

Step 5 - Screen reader UX

Defining the screen reader UX is part of the design process. This communicates the user experience for screen reader users to the development team, and also helps in achieving a good user experience for other types of assistive technology users.

Don’t worry if you haven’t documented the screen reader UX yet. You can define this as part of the review process. To help you, use the user experience designers guide, how to document the screen reader user experience.

Note, this guide takes one approach, there are other ways you could do this. Back to top