When we think about accessibility, we typically think of ramps into buildings, parking spaces, and bathroom handrails. However, in the world of technology and the internet, web accessibility is even more prevalent.
Web accessibility is the practice of developing websites to ensure all users can access the website. This encompasses any user regardless of disability or limitations. Practicing good accessibility will benefit all users because the content is straightforward and user-friendly.
Practicing good accessibility ensures people with various disabilities can access a website. These include but are not limited to people with low vision, color vision impairments, blindness, deafness, hearing loss, learning, and cognitive disabilities, and physical disabilities.
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The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 2008 and updated in 2012 and 2018. The WCAG has defined four principles of accessibility:
Web accessibility is essential to ensure all users can access products and information on any website. By developing technologies within the accessibility standards, all users will benefit. Content will be straightforward to understand.