Help improve your website's accessibility by simulating common low vision disorders and color-blindness.
With the upcoming Section 508 refresh, there has been increased attention put towards blindness and low vision disabilities. Although color-blindness is a subject that is pretty well understood at this point, a lot of the existing tools that simulate low vision conditions are (unfortunately, somewhat ironically) inaccessible, many having been built on depreciated technologies or are simply no longer available online.
This project arose from a desire to address that gap by making a free, future-friendly testing tool that was built mobile-first. I wanted to make something that I would personally be comfortable using, as well as challenging myself to improve my JS skills and try out some emerging web technologies.
Low vision conditions are simulated in realtime using SVG filters. This approach removes the need for an blocking overlay to apply effects to, and allows the viewed site to retain its interactivity. While the simulations are not always going to be 100% accurate, I feel they're close enough for evaluation purposes. Data for the filters were sourced from this archived page.
Since SVG filters require a modern browser to use, this allowed the opportunity to experiment with using Flexbox, calc, rem, and vh/vw units. jQuery is also utilized.
- Certain websites forbid embedding in an iFrame - this is by design and there's not much I can do about this one, unfortunately
- iFrame device density issues (will sometimes load desktop site)
- iFrame obscures low vision condition section on iPhone (possibly related to device density issues above)
- Site chokes on URLs containing a hash (
- Fallback white iFrame background will sometimes not load
- Add support for:
- Macular Degeneration
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Add instructions/explanation modal
- Add support for multiple selections (i.e. cataracts w/Protanopia) using Chosen
- More visually emphasized focus styles
- Show error message for sites that don’t display due to X-Frame-Options header (h/t Šime Vidas)
- Add Google Analytics
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