Accessible web design: color contrast

In website design one of the most overlooked aspects is color contrast. Automatic accessibility checkers often fail to spot color based accessibility issues.   The Lighthouse International has one of the best guides out for quickly learning how to spot potential issues with color contrast in website design. I made a short video video that explains the main issues using Lighthouse’s guide,.

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Brian Rowe is a professor and techie currently working at Northwest Justice Project as the National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator (, and teaching at University of Washington and Seattle University Law in the areas of information privacy, ethics and social use of information including: accessibility and access to knowledge for all people as a basic human right. Brian has worked with several nonprofits including Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, KCBA, and Disability Rights Washington. Brian currently serves on the Washington State Access to Justice Board’s Technology Committee, and is on the Faculty Advisory Board for Students for Free Culture. Connect with Brian online at or through Twitter or (user name Sarterus).