Why build an accessible website?


By providing an accessible website a company will be capable to communicate more efficiently with their target, avoiding problems related to complaints or website abandonment. In fact, there are a lot of different people, software and web access platforms that can't be simply ignored. Moreover, the implementation of accessibility techniques might increase the chances of higher search engine rankings.

Another reason for those who are based in the UK is that there are laws and recommendations concerning accessible website design which confer a legal responsibility to companies and web developers in the UK.

Is this website accessible?

Developing an accessible website is a task with distinct degrees of concern and difficulty. It involves the optimization of content and code for different targets what include people with disabilities and different environments including software and hardware to access Web content (e.g., desktop browser, voice browser, text browser, mobile phone, automobile-based personal computer, Internet connection etc.) and constraints they may be operating under (e.g., noisy surroundings, under- or over-illuminated rooms, in a hands-free environment, etc.).

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, as a reference document of the W3C, presents accessibility principles and design ideas. It is organized in fourteen guidelines, a series of checkpoints and links to a section of techniques for the implementation of three levels of Priority. Each checkpoint has a priority level assigned by the working group based on the checkpoint's impact on accessibility. According to this reference document, this website conforms to W3C's "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0", level Double-A, what means that all applicable checkpoints of Priorities 1 and 2 are satisfied.

All pages validate as XHTML 1 Strict using structured semantic markup and also CSS is tested and validated. Furthermore the accessibility of this website was also tested using the following free website accessibility tools: Cynthia Says, WebXACT, Lynx Viewer. If you have trouble using this website, or if you have suggestions and comments, please contact me.

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