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Web AccessibilityIs it time for Accessibility ?
Web accessibility refers to the practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities regardless of what browsing technology they're using. In addition to complying with the law, an accessible website can reap huge benefits on to your website and your business.Accessible websites are built using technologies that enable users to access them from a wide range of user agents and devices regardless of what browsing technology they are using Accessible websites allow access to both disabled and non-disabled people. Different browsing technologies, each with their own accessibility requirements, can include:
- WebTV - 560px in width with horizontal scrolling not available
- Screen reader - Page content read aloud in the order it appears in the HTML document
- Screen magnifier - As few as three to four words may be able to appear on the screen at any one time
- Slow connection (below 56kb) - Users may turn off images to enable a faster download time
- 1600px screen width - Very wide screen
- Images - in the form of ALT text
- Flash - with HTML equivalents
- Audio & video - by using subtitles or written transcripts
For example, when we create a website with meaningful HTML, with textual equivalents provided for images and with links named meaningfully, this helps blind users using text-to-speech software and/or text-to-Braille hardware. When text and images are large and/or enlargeable, it is easier for users with poor sight to read and understand the content.