"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
Web Accessibility is an important term in web design. What does it mean? It means that a web site should be able to be viewed by:
- Those with disabilities or other impairments.
- Those who have older versions of browsers or platforms.
- Those who use non-standard browsers or platforms.
- As much of the population, or at least your target audience, as possible.
One of the things that makes the Web so unique is its ability to span the world, connecting individuals from all walks of life. We believe this fundamental goal should be preserved. The less your customers are frustrated because their software cannot provide the information on your web site they seek, the greater the chance they will return, probably with friends.
In many countries, including the United States and the European Union, there is already legislation in place requiring that certain institutions have accessible web sites. There are more initiatives in the works that could increase the types of web sites that must be accessible. (For details on the laws currently in place, please visit the Web Accessibility Initiative web site produced by the World Wide Web Consortium.)