Web Application Accessibility

Web Application Accessibility


How can we reach a broader audience? This is a question asked at every web
team meeting, Whether the context is marketing, outreach, or education, every group that posts
content to the web wants to have it seen by a wider
audience. So we launch strategic plans to get more traffic to our site, but is it possible that we’re
unknowingly limiting those who encounter our site by its design? Do we
forget that not everyone who uses our website sits at a desktop computer on a high-speed corporate network? So we ask at the outset, is our site
perceivable by all? Is our site operable by all? Is our site understandable by all? Is our site robust? Answering yes to all of these
questions means that we have truly accessible site. Accessibility isn’t just about doing
good works or being socially conscious. At the heart of it lies the need to build standards-compliant, well-designed webapps. Accessible webapps work everywhere. They
are truly accessible. Poorly designed products are
by their nature inaccessible regardless of the user’s
physical capabilities. Long gone are the days where the
Internet is only available through a workstation locked down to a desk. Mobile devices of every kind access
content on the internet. Accessible to all also means accessible
everywhere. Sites that resize with the ease and are
structured logically make your web app infinitely more usable
and at the same time accessible. Restrictions on webapps come in many
forms. The device that a person uses to interact with the web is the key to accessibility. Screen
readers are when technology that has received much attention when it comes to
accessibility but there are many more to be considered. Accessible web design benefits
developers and content creators in many ways. One benefit can be financial growth
because of the expanded audience that can now take advantage of
your site. Accessible sites are also standards-compliant sites. For many sites, the law requires
accessibility compliance. But, most of all, by building
accessible web sites and web-based apps, you make your site open to all.

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