Accessibility of Information

Content. Form. Visual pleasantness. Design. Accessibility.

Readable? Understandable?

I love those moments when a reading for a class completely matches the assignment we’re working on in a class is one of the most satisfying in-class situations. At least, I feel like I have some clue into why we read it right before our advocacy campaign where we are supposed to both communicate information and make someone give a damn about what we’re trying to get them to give a damn about.

Social justice.

A term Jones and Wheeler refer to when they say: “considering document design from a social justice perspective (concern for how society privileges some and marginalizes others) requires thinking about the practicality and application of design in a different conceptual way” (5). I think one of the most important parts of this is connecting social justice to societal privileges, which connects with the idea brought up at the beginning of Jones and Wheeler’s piece talking about the the universal document design (UDD) being something important to keep information accessible to a “general” or “popular” audience.

I would love to talk about things more in depth, but it’s right before class and I don’t have time for that!

Katie stated: “Given that example is fairly old and perhaps the authors are trying to address the disabled audience of modern times since the rise of social justice warriors’ means for fighting against these unequal playing fields.”

I don’t know if “disabled” is a “correct” way of communicating what I think is being said. I think that instead matching the language of the post and speaking more strictly to the marginalized or less privileged might be more fitting. More understandable documents mean a broader audience availability and a more inclusive reading platform. But that’s just one “social justice warrior” opinion.

I think that thinking of people wanting to get the information and ti being more clearly understandable so people can get that information off of it.

We aren’t looking for an all encompassing “matches all audiences” because that’s impossible. Overall, we’re actually just trying to get the widest audience who will understand the most they can.


One thought on “Accessibility of Information

  1. I agree with the point that the authors meant to address a type of document that doesn’t hinder the marganalized, they just do a very poor job of conveying that message. They fail to go into enough detail to sort out the nitty gritty of their message, had they applied their own principles they might have avoided that. It wasn’t until the eviction document example that I fully understood what they were getting at. That is a perfect example that was shoved at the back as a final method of clearly conveying their idea. The idea of making documents universal that clearly could hinder one party or another is a fantastic idea, just it needs far greater development to the theory.


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