For this exercise, I will be assessing several websites: https://yogakids.com/, and http://childrensyoga.com/, and https://www.yogajournal.com. I have visited these websites multiple times and have always benefited from it. I will now look at them with a different eye to see if they possess elements of universal design and accessibility. I am certified to teach yoga to kids by two organizations: Yoga Kids International and Radiant Child Yoga through Children’s Yoga. Unfortunately, these websites do not have an online learning program that is accessible without subscription or registration. I cannot make an assessment about their learning program, but I can make assessments about their websites.
Yogakids.com has a very good presence. All the headings are easy to read. The navigation is well-laid out with two horizontal headings. The page can be zoomed for larger text. There is also no time-stop so that users can manage how long they want to look at a page. Another good thing is that there are no flashing lights. One negative is that the user can get lost in the navigation. The page does not provide the breadcrumbs that show where the user is. The page also does not provide a close-captioned text for the hearing impaired nor are there any videos or audio for those with low-vision. Overall, I think the site is easy to navigate, usable, and has utility. (Nielsen, 2012)
Childrensyoga.com is very similar to yogakids.com. The headings are laid out well. The colors are less bright than at yogakids.com, but it does not take away from the ease or enjoyment of the site. Childrensyoga.com also does not have a breadcrumbs function that shows where the user it. You can find where you are by looking at the web address. It is does not have closed-captioning for videos or an audio to read the text on the pages. Overall, I think the site is usable, and useful.
Yoga Journal and yogajournal.com is a print and online publication that has been around for 40 years. It is primarily geared towards Western and American culture, but also delves into some historical aspects of yoga (Indian, Ayurvedic, and Hindu practices.) They have a directory of resources, poses, meditation tips, and videos. This website also has a link to their online yoga training programs.
The whole website is well-laid out. There are two horizontal navigation bars and there is a breadcrumbs trail to let the user know where they are. The site can be zoomed for larger text. There are no flashing lights. The site is very navigable with navigations bars in contrasting colors, black and yellow. The videos that show yoga poses have pause, stop, and rewind functions. The volume for the yoga videos can be increased, however, there is no closed-captioning that describes the audio. The videos are good with low to no background audio so it is very easy to hear them. The video is also very easy to follow with no distracting images. Another thing that is good is that unusual words are highlighted and linked to a definition. (Ben Caldwell, 2008) Almost all yoga poses are in Sanskrit and are not familiar to beginning students of yoga. Having a highlighted word with the link takes the user to another page where the pose is described in text, an image shows how to do the pose, and a video shows how to do the pose. Overall, I think this website is robust. The thing I find lacking is the closed-captioning or sign language.
Ben Caldwell, M. C. (Ed.). (2008, December 11). Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 . Retrieved January 21, 2018, from W3C : https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/?showtechniques=313#qr-meaning-idioms
Nielsen, J. (2012, January 4). Usability 101: Introduction to Usability. Retrieved January 21, 2018, from Nielsen Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/usability-101-introduction-to-usability/