Why accessibility is important to you

Written by John S. Britsios


Accessibility is becoming increasingly critical torepparttar Internet experience. Is your site accessible to people with disabilities? Is it compatible with browsers other than Internet Explorer?

Continue reading to discover how accessibility can benefit you, as well as your visitors.

What is accessibility

It is a term that is more associated with architectural thought, rather than Web Site Design. There is a legislation, which determinesrepparttar 135514 minimum standards for new buildings. As a result, new buildings today often have wheelchair ramps, accessible lifts and disability parking spaces, allowing anyone with disabilities to gain access to a building, userepparttar 135515 provided services, buyrepparttar 135516 products, and talk withrepparttar 135517 people inside.

With web sites,repparttar 135518 term traditionally refers torepparttar 135519 development of sites that are accessible to "all" users who may want to access them -- in other words, "Universal Web Sites." Tim Berners-Lee, W3C director and inventor ofrepparttar 135520 World Wide Web, defines it as "access by everyone, regardless of disability."

Even thoughrepparttar 135521 World Wide Web is continuously growing, many users:

* use speech browsers or eyes busy/hands busy, as businessmen in cars; * don't haverepparttar 135522 latest graphical browsers and plug-ins; * surf with slow modems, or reside in rural or remote areas with limited access torepparttar 135523 Internet; * browse without graphics, using text-only browsers or subscribe to non-graphic services; * access in noisy, high- or low-light environments;

There are also many users with disabilities as;

* Visual - blind, low vision, color blind; * Auditory - deaf, hard of hearing; * Motor/physical - paraplegic; * Cognitive/learning - dyslexic, learning disabled. More at WebAIM: http://www.webaim.org/techniques/disability-types

Accessibility increases benefits for both parties:repparttar 135524 User andrepparttar 135525 Web site Provider.

Users benefits from accessibility

Every user, regardless of physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities, constraints and/or technological barriers can:

* accessrepparttar 135526 information; * userepparttar 135527 services; * buyrepparttar 135528 products; * talk torepparttar 135529 people associated with each Web site.

In other words, satisfied users may become loyal users, continue usingrepparttar 135530 web site, and even recommend to others. Providers benefits from accessibility

* Increase audience; * Improve maintainability and efficiency; * Improve and regain reputation; * Satisfy existing and future legal requirements; * and much more.

Auxiliary benefits of accessible web design

According torepparttar 135531 World Accessibility Initiative, providers haverepparttar 135532 following benefits:

How to Build a Website

Written by Maricon Williams


Many businesses and companies are finding it hard to build their own websites. Nevertheless, it should not be daunting as they envision it to be. In fact, itís easy. You just need your basic knowledge in computer, internet, a free HTML editor and space inrepparttar web. And off you go with your new web site!

The first thing to do is to plan your objectives. They must be reflected in your web site. You must also think ofrepparttar 135361 visitors. You are makingrepparttar 135362 website for them and not to yourself alone. It must cater to their needs. I mean individual needs.

The next step is to think aboutrepparttar 135363 design. This involves layout, colors and content. These elements are crucial since they make uprepparttar 135364 totality of your web site. Wrong choice of color may result to hard to read content. Because of this, your visitors might be annoyed and switch to another site. The drawback is, you might lose all your visitors. Sure you donít want it to happen so be extra careful with these elements.

Find a server to publish your site. This isrepparttar 135365 next thing that you must do. There are sites that offer hosting for free. You can have them if you donít want to spend a penny. However, if youíre running a business, it is advisable to have your own domain. It may cost you about 70 dollars for two years. Not bad though because your site will be free from pop-ups thatrepparttar 135366 free hosting servers are giving.

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