What is and why do we need web accessibility?
This is a multi-part article:
The best explanation of web accessibility is in the video Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards.
Please take the four minutes required to view the video. Notice all the options for accessing the content of that video in addition to watching it: captions, transcript, multiple languages, transcript with visuals.
What is Web Accessibility?
Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. More specifically, people can:
- perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web
- contribute to the Web
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Introduction to Web Accessibility
The following is a paraphrased summary of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Poorly designed websites can create unnecessary barriers for people with disabilities, just as poorly designed buildings prevent some people with disabilities from entering. Access problems often occur because website designers mistakenly assume that everyone sees and accesses a webpage in the same way.