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6.4 Website Structure is Too Complicated to Understand and/or Navigate Using Assistive Tools

Affected Group: Persons with Seeing Difficulties and Hearing Difficulties

Complex website structures make a website difficult to use for persons with and without disabilities. Try to adopt the simplest structure as far as possible to convey your content.

Compare the two examples of webpage layout below.

The one on the left has five content areas in a less ordered structure and has 13 additional links.

The one on the right has four content areas in an ordered structure and six additional links.

While it is sometimes difficult to reduce the number of items on your webpages, you can make your webpages simpler, for example, with fewer links, so that it will be easier for persons with disabilities to access your content.

Side by side comparison of two alternative website layouts.