Why accessibility is important to you

Written by John S. Britsios


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1. Increase Market Share and Audience Reach Improve usability for non-disabled and disabled visitors; Support for Low Literacy Levels; Improve Search Engine listings and Resource Discovery; Support forrepparttar Semantic Web; Re-purpose content for multiple formats or devices; Increase support for Internationalization; Assisting access for low-bandwidth users.

2. Improve Efficiency Reduce site maintenance; Site Search Engine Improvements; Re-purposing Content; Address server-load; Address server-bandwidth.

3. Demonstrate Social Responsibility

4. Reduce Legal Liability

Here you can readrepparttar 135514 whole draft: http://www.w3.org/WAI/bcase/benefits.html

Accessibility is critical for a web site's success

This narrow focus is atrepparttar 135515 expense of a much larger segment of society with milder impairments, such as partial sight, poor hearing, and poor language skills. The needs of this larger group can be more easily accommodated with simple and inexpensive design tips such as resizable text, large tactile buttons, and clear, easy-to-follow instructions.

We should try to look at things fromrepparttar 135516 point of view of people who have disabilities. For example, inrepparttar 135517 UK alone, there are 8.5 million people who are classified as having some sort of disability. That's a big percentage to exclude fromrepparttar 135518 web; from a moral viewpoint, it is surely wrong, but from a commercial viewpoint, it is disastrous.

When designing web pages, try putting them through a text reader, likerepparttar 135519 ones used by those with visual impairment. You will soon realize how difficult it can be for a user who cannot see that a new window has opened - hencerepparttar 135520 need to overtly tell users that a new window has indeed opened.

Apart fromrepparttar 135521 moral and commercial considerations, there is alsorepparttar 135522 legal. The United Kingdom enforcesrepparttar 135523 Disability Discrimination, which requires all web sites to show that they have taken steps to enable access.

With a little bit of thought, accessibility is relatively easy to implement. It does not require you to do away with JavaScript, Flash or other Multimedia features, just as long as you provide an alternative, so your visitors have a choice.

Epilogue

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things convenient," says Judith Heumann,repparttar 135524 U.S. Department of Education's Assistant Secretary ofrepparttar 135525 Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, "For people with disabilities, it makes things possible." Just keep that in mind.-

This article is written by John S. Britsios, Accessibility & SEO Consultant, Usability Specialist & Trainer, founder and owner of the Webnauts Net http://www.webnauts.net


How to Build a Website

Written by Maricon Williams


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Now, you can copy your pages to your chosen server. You need not memorize allrepparttar tags and format but you must know about HTML. Though, there are hundreds of WYSIWYG or What You See Is What You Get editors out there, nonetheless, you can create a better site with just your basic knowledge on HTML. Proofread and meticulously examine your site. Is navigation satisfactory? Isrepparttar 135361 content fulfilling in your own point of view? How about inrepparttar 135362 point of view ofrepparttar 135363 visitors? How aboutrepparttar 135364 graphics? If it is not satisfying, you can redorepparttar 135365 pages. If you are fulfilled withrepparttar 135366 overall appearance and function of your site, then you are ready forrepparttar 135367 next step - to upload it to your host and promote your site.

Afterrepparttar 135368 aforementioned steps, you are now ready to accept visitors. However, it doesnít stop here for web site is a cycle. Itís not enough to be visited by visitors you must keep them from coming back. To do this, update your site more often to be acquainted withrepparttar 135369 recent events atrepparttar 135370 same time to make it more useful so as to cater to everybodyís needs.

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