Web Accessibility: An Introduction

According to W3C, the governing body of internet, Web Accessibility means that people with disabilities are able to use the web. This includes websites and related content which is available in the public domain or on an intranet.

According to the Equality Rights Commission UK, the service providers (include people who provide websites for customers to use) have a legal duty to make sure that websites are accessible to all users, regardless of their disabilities. If it is not the case, you can be breaking the law and you have to make reasonable adjustments to your website to facilitate this.

The Common Myths About Web Accessibility

The common myth is that Web accessibility only promotes disabled access, but there is more to web accessibility.

Accessible web pages can also be viewed on:

  • Handheld PDA's
  • Mobile Phones
  • Web enabled devices
  • Smart devices and appliances

You might not be sure about this, but with every challenge comes an opportunity which can only be spotted by those who want to stay ahead of the competition.

Web accessibility gives you competitive edge

New trends show that there will be more internet browsing on mobiles than on the PCs very soon. Lot of the applications which has driven the growth of internet have already been ported to the mobiles.

Web 2.0 accessible websites:

  • Load blazingly fast
  • Can be updated very quickly
  • Liked by search engines like anything
  • Smart in their own right

The technology is already there to make all of this possible and now the government is getting behind this as it is necessary to decrease the digital divide.

Beat your competition and increase revenues

So the question is, what can you do to stay ahead of the competition or you want to maintain the status quo. Opportunities can only be had by people who can embrace the change and are prepared to move ahead.

You can ignore the above facts but your competition is definitely going to be smart and move ahead to the future-proof next generation websites.