Website accessibility refers to how easy to use a website is to those with disabilities, including for those who are deaf, visually impaired or have limited mobility. An international standard for websites is set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and some countries, including Canada and the US have laws to ensure organizations follow this standard.
Web accessibility is important because it ensures that all users, regardless of their physical abilities have access to and can use your website. Some of the key features of an accessible website are:
The website is compatible with a wide range of technologies such as screen-readers.
The content and interface are easy to understand, with clear labels and instructions (think how you present your links and structure your text with tags).
Content is presented in a way that can be perceived by a wide-range of users, including those with disabilities (here considerations such as font and colour contrast are important).
sers can interact with the website using a variety of input devices such as keyboard or speech recognition.
Further benefits of making your website accessible include better usability for all website visitors, improved search engine rankings and increase in your customer base.
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