In this chapter you will discover how to create a more accessible Web site for users with disabilities by improving your Web site’s accessibility. Webster’s definition of ‘accessibility’ is: accessibility: The quality of being accessible, or of admitting approach; receptibility. Accessibility is an important factor as good accessibility means more people will be able to do business with you.
If you are a non-disabled person, it might be easy to forget that there are many disabled people who wish to use the World Wide Web. As such, many people tend to forget to design their sites in a way in which disabled people can access them.
As you will learn throughout this chapter, you don’t necessarily have to entirely redevelop a site to met the legal and moral accessibility obligations. Infact, simply adding some ALT text, removing some frames, and changing your colors may be enough to allow most disabled users to navigate your site successfully.
The best way to develop for disabled users is to simply keep asking yourself: “Have I made this page as accessible as I can?” If you strive to make your pages accessible, then your site will be better than the majority and the World Wide Web would be a better place for everyone.