Website Accessibility and Design: Acronyms Galore

The internet is arguably the most powerful force for change today, an incredible channel for communicating and transmitting ideas world-wide and instantly. One aspect of the truly incredible gifts that the Net and current technological breakthroughs has given us is the gateway it opens for people who otherwise have difficulty moving around in the regular world, due to disabilities they have.

For example, by the very nature of the manufacturing process, Braille books are painfully expensive, and hard to get for everyone who needs them. With specialized equipment though, a blind person can access the internet and a whole world beyond the one his blindness has previously limited him to. People with restricted physical mobility can use the internet to ‘see’ the world.

You can visit WAI (Website Accessibility Initiative) for guidelines and support material on accessibility. To see a very comprehensive and hellaciously long list of evaluation tools , visit this page. You can use the resources here to see if your website meets the accessibility standards.

If you’re interested in learning more about web accessibility, or you know someone who needs information or access to resources for a disability, you can get more information from the following links:

AWARE ( Accessible Web Authoring Resources and Education) a central resource for web authors for learning about web accessibility.

DAIS (Disability Access Information and Support)

You can also visit this section on Designing More Usable Websites.

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