How Might Layer3 make their product more accessible in the short term?
This better fits user’s expectations of how to navigate the area and adheres to the Accessibility Tree Model which makes the interface accessible to screen readers and Voice Over. Not to mention, users intuitively scroll down. Rearranging the layout would better match their mental model.
Using plain language like ‘season,’ ‘episode,’ and ‘channel,’ are better understood by a wider range of people than just abbreviations
Users need access to the most important information quickly. Rearranging the metadata based on level of importance will help users with screen readers to more quickly locate what they are looking for.
As the design progressed, more recommendations were made on how to improve accessibility. Most of these iterations involved stripping away components of the original design to decrease cognitive load and improving legibility in the design’s typography.
Must Haves (I may have mentioned...)
This better fits user’s expectations of how to navigate the area and adheres to the Accessibility Tree Model which makes the interface accessible to screen readers and Voice Over.
Nice to haves (Look to the Future...)
Categorical content should be arranged from the top down. For hardware considerations, Apple TV remote and swiping mechanisms make top horizontal menus difficult to navigate. In addition, the menu may also be difficult/impossible to discover if using a screen reader or Voice Over.
Considering visual impairments and colorblindness, color should not be the sole indicator of focus or action. Scaling UI allows the user to see a subtle change in size before selecting an option. Icons can also be used to save screen real estate, help users more easily way-find, and improve accessibility for low-vision, non-English speakers, etc.