What is Web Accessibility?

Source: https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/

What is web accessibility?

Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. More specifically, people can:

  • perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web
  • contribute to the Web

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including:

  • auditory
  • cognitive
  • neurological
  • physical
  • speech
  • visual

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, for example:

  • people using mobile phones, smart watches, smart TVs, and other devices with small screens, different input modes, etc.
  • older people with changing abilities due to ageing
  • people with “temporary disabilities” such as a broken arm or lost glasses
  • people with “situational limitations” such as in bright sunlight or in an environment where they cannot listen to audio
  • people using a slow Internet connection, or who have limited or expensive bandwidth

Why is it important?

Web accessibility is required by law in many situations. Web accessibility is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and treats your website as a place of business making it subject to the regulations of the ADA.

By making your website accessible, you are ensuring that all of your potential users, including people with disabilities, have a decent user experience and are able to easily access your information. By implementing accessibility best practices, you are also improving the usability of the site for all users.

How can ePublishing help?

As part of your partnership with ePublishing, we want to make sure your websites undergo proper web accessibility due diligence. Contact your Project Manager for an accessibility review of your websites.