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Clear purpose #55

lseeman opened this issue Nov 27, 2016 · 3 comments


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commented Nov 27, 2016

SC Shortname: Clear Purpose

SC Text

The main purpose of each page and section of content is clear. Extraneous information that is not directly relevant to the main purpose of a page is distinctly separated and programmatically determinable. For multi step tasks, signposts should be provided to clarify the broader context including steps completed, current step and steps pending.

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What Principle and Guideline the SC falls within.

Principle 3, Guideline 3.1 'Readable'


Each page or section of content should be organised and marked so that it's purpose is obvious. This might be through the use of headings or labels or even a pyramid style of writing or even non textual markers (with suitable alternatives). A clear organisation of content into pages and sections with obvious purpose alows users to more easily locate relevant sections and to be confident that those they read in detail will match their purposes. The user should be able to determine relevance of the content from the title without having to read the body of the content. The title should imply the reasons that the user may be looking for this content.

Ads that appear in-line in a section of content are rarely related to the purpose of a section and can be placed in a separate clearly delimited section


Being able to determine the purpose of a section without reading the entire content benefits all users. Those with cognitive disabilities will particulary benefit from an obvious top level structure with clear signposting. Users will be able to confidently locate the information they require and ignore content that is of limited interest to them. There will little need for repeated page navigation or detailed scanning of large qualities of text.
This Success Criteron helps a wide range of people with differing congnitive disabilities including people with:

  • Language related disabilities
  • Memory related disabilities
  • Disabilities that effect executive function an decision making
  • Focus and attention related disabilities
Here are some examples of how this will help people:

  • someone with dementia loses focus and then can not remember what they were doing
  • someone with an attention disability gets distracted and then needs to pick up were they left off
  • someone with a learning disability is not sure if this application has too many steps and if they will manage. By seeing they are half way though they can gauge if they can cope with the entire process.

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Procedure ideas

  1. Ensure by inspection that each page and subsection has an obvious declaration of its purpose that can be found without reading the entire content. If this fails ask "what is this content for?". If 9 out of 10 people who have not seen the content before gives the same substantive answer, then it is clear.
  2. Ensure each section of a page has an obvious relationship to the page unless it's purpose is extraneous; in which case that should also be obvious and marked in an element or role that clarifies that
  3. Ensure that the method of indicating the purpose of a page or section is obvious to all users, regardless mode of accessing the content.
  4. Ensure that each section that represents a step in a multi-step process contains signposting to context and current position in the process.


  • Semantic Headings are an excellent way to describe the purpose of each page or section and are easy to distinguish from the main content. This works both visually and via Assistive Technology.
  • Sections and Landmarks can be used to organise the page material and clearly seperate side topics.

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commented Feb 4, 2017

@NeilMilliken Can you give me a status update on this please?


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commented Feb 4, 2017

New PR #102 thanks Thaddeus @inclusiveThinking

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