The Importance of Web Design Accessibility

What is Web Accessibility? It means a design that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate and interact with the web in the same way that web users without disabilities do. Web accessibility also helps people with diminished capabilities such as old people.

As a web design service provider, it is important that you have adept knowledge for implementing an accessible website design. There more than enough reasons for some of your clients to specify accessibility as an integral part of the desired web site design. Incorporating web accessibility in web designs lets people with disabilities use your final web site design implementation with ease and convenience. An accessible web site design however, goes beyond disabilities: by making an accessible design, other groups of user also benefit from your design, including, but not limited to the following:

-users accessing the internet other than the computer (mobile devices, web-tv)
-users with low and limited bandwidth
-users with different learning styles

According to statistics, around 20% to 30% of internet users in most counties are disabled. This means that a web design that is accessible opens up your client’s web site to a larger audience and potential market.

For certain types of web sites, such as government sites, the countries or organisations may have policies that sets accessibility as a requirement. You can get more information about accessibility in some countries, you can visit the W3C page on policies relating to web accessibility. For even more information on implementing accessible web designs, you can visit the Web Accessibility Initiative(WAI ).

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