What is Web Accessibility?

Web accessibility may seem like an obscure topic; however, it's not just about being nice or polite - web accessibility is legally mandated in many countries across the world. Achieving website accessibility is a complex and tedious process. It's very important, but it can take time to do it right.

Web accessibility ensures that everyone has equal access to the internet, regardless of their disability. Accessibility can be broken down into two main categories: A11y, which addresses digital content and interaction design- the way a user interacts with text, images, videos, links, and other web features; and P11y - physical barriers in a person's environment that affect their ability to reach an area or interact with something. The most important thing about web accessibility is that it should not be an afterthought- all aspects of a website should be considered so that they are accessible from any browser on any device.

From a legal perspective, web accessibility is also important because it prevents discrimination against people with disabilities and ensures that everyone can enjoy the same resources and opportunities for education, entertainment, and business as any other person on the planet. In fact, the Americans With Disabilities Act requires all public places and buildings to be handicap-accessible. This includes government offices, restaurants, theaters, and retail stores.

Web accessibility may seem like an obscure topic; however, it's not just about being nice or polite - web accessibility is legally mandated in many countries across the world. In fact, since 2001 United States federal law requires all online content be accessible to people with disabilities under Section 508 of The Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C § 794). Globally this legislation has been adopted by 54 countries including Australia where web designers need to ensure content meets WCAG 2 standards for "web-based information and applications".

How To Make Your Website Accessible Today

Achieving website accessibility is a complex and tedious process. It's very important, but it can take time to do it right. That’s why I recommend using accessiBe to help you speed up the process with their cloud-based solution that makes compliance automatic and immediate for any website or mobile app. No more need to manually test your site after each web design change! accessiBe regularly scans your website for changes and makes each session accessible in real time.

accessiBe uses machine learning algorithms trained on real websites so it can instantly find issues with your page layout, content hierarchy, colors, contrast ratios, and font sizes without having to ask users if something is hard to read or not. This way we know exactly which parts of the page are causing problems for people who use screen readers or who have other digital disabilities like color blindness and low vision or motor impairments. accessiBe then automatically fixes everything in seconds - saving you tons of money on manual testing hours!

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