A common question is how users with dyslexia experience the web. Funkify’s dyslexia simulator might give you a part of the answer as it will scramble the letters and make them dance – creating a frustration that you will remember.
The main goal with this simulator is to show the complexity of the diagnosis dyslexia. Please note that our examples only demonstrates what it may be like for some, not all, of the people with dyslexia.
So: download the Funkify extension, start the simulator Dyslexia Dani and watch how a wall of text becomes completely overwhelming to get through.
We’ve developed this simulator together with people with dyslexia. With a few tweaks to the settings, you can cover much of the way people with dyslexia experience the web.
Complement text content with video, images, illustrations and diagrams.
Avoid ``wall of text``. Keep paragraphs short, structure with headings and use lots of bullet lists.
Use a simple language with active verbs.
In the spring of 2017, we gathered a bunch of experienced test persons with dyslexia and in groups we interviewed them about their condition and their individual needs. We wanted to know if there is certain elements that triggers or worsen their symtoms, for instance small margins or several colums of text next to each other.
As it turned out – there is! And this, among other things, is what we hope to show with our dyslexia simulator. For example: by having a short line length of about 45 to 75 characters and letting your paragraphs breathe, you instantly make your text more accessible and readable. Of course, for users with dyslexia this is an absolute must, but readability is surley enough preferable for everyone!
Another advice: don’t worry too much about finding the best possible font, because apparently the font don’t matter all that much.
Instead, try to work with your content and layout more. Use common words, and not too many long words (more than six letters). Don’t skimp on headings and subheadings. Try to structure your text with bullet lists. Use infographics, videos and illustrations whenever possible.
And don’t forget to use Funkify – for ensuring the best possible user experience!