To better illustrate the tenets of universal Website design, the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University established seven guiding principles:
- Equitable use
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
- Flexibility in use
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
- Simple and intuitive
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or concentration level.
- Perceptible information
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
- Tolerance for error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
- Low physical effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably, and with a minimum of fatigue.
- Size and space for approach and use
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of the user’s body size, posture, or mobility.