The Accessibility of Tau Station

Symbols for accessibility with Tau Station logo

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
Sir Tim Berners-Lee – Inventor of the Web (Mesh)

Right from the beginning, we have always held Sir Berners-Lee’s words close to heart. Tau Station has always been designed with accessibility at its very core. We envision a universe that can be experienced by everyone, regardless of personal requirements or situation. And this is exactly how we’ve been designing Tau Station.

Galaxies don’t tend to have any concept of ownership or exclusivity, beyond what is dedicated by quantum physics that is. It stands, therefore, that everyone has access to any given galaxy, and the one of Tau Station is no exception.

In designing our galaxy, and by association, the game, we’ve been using a set of standards known as WCAG 2 (Level AA) in order to guide us in supporting a multitude of people and technologies.

These standards help to provide all potential players with a better experience. They mean:

  • If any of our users cannot fully use a sense, such as sight, then the narrative context and game play can still be perceived.
  • The UI can be operated by keyboard, touch, mouse, and a multitude of assistive technologies.
  • All our users can understand the UI as well as the content.
  • The underlying code is robust enough to be consumed by a large number of user agents (including, in this case, browsers and screen readers).

For those of you wishing to fill your vessel a little further, a more comprehensive work on how we implement these rulesets and flexible designs to achieve an accessibility (AKA A11y).

The galaxy we’re building has been designed to be one we would love to live in because it allows everyone to be a part of it.

“There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.”
Deepak Chopra

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