Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, interact with and contribute to the Internet. It encompasses all disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive and neurological conditions.
Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the Internet. Many websites have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use them.
Web accessibility can also benefit people without disabilities. For example, a key principle of Web accessibility is designing websites that are flexible enough to meet different user needs, preferences,and situations. This flexibility also benefits people without disabilities in certain situations, such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" and people with changing abilities due to aging.
The Internet is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of our life: in education, employment, consultation, commerce, health support, recreation, and more. It is essential that it is fully accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to everyone. The Web offers the possibility of unprecedented access to information and interaction. That is, the accessibility barriers to print, audio, and visual media for many people with disabilities can be much more easily overcome through Web-based technologies. An accessible Internet can also help people with disabilities more actively participate in society.
Another important consideration for organisations is that Web Accessibility is required by law and should be essential to comply with equal opportunity policies.
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One of the problems with making websites accessible is the push for accessibility came much later than online technology: browsers, programs and the like. Having the right design tools therefore does not ensure that you automatically produce accessible and compliant webpages.
It has to be the responsibility of Web developers to produce and evaluate properly accessible websites, so they are fully usable by people with disabilities.
We are specialists in designing fully accessible static and database-driven websites for the not-for-profit sector.
Making a website accessible can be either simple or complex, depending on many factors such as the type of content, size and complexity of the site, and the tools and environment chosen.
We specialise in creating fully accessible websites using fully compliant HTML and CSS.
Many accessibility features are best implemented if they are planned from the beginning of website development or redesign. Fixing inaccessible websites can require considerable time and effort, especially sites that were not originally "coded" properly with standard HTML and CSS, or contain certain types of content such as multimedia.
When developing or redesigning a site, evaluating and testing accessibility throughout the development process is necessary to identify potential accessibility problems early when it is easier to address them.
Although there are tools that can help with evaluation, no tool alone can determine if a site meets all accessibility guidelines. Knowledgeable human evaluation is always required to determine if a site is fully accessible.
DOT-COMmunICaTions carries out a comprehensive evaluation on all its sites to ensure that they meet all accessibility guidelines.
If you would like to know more about having a fully accessible and browser-compliant website, then why not give us a call?