Accessibility in Web Design


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“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
— Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and Inventor of the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) are promoting ‘Universal Design’ in web sites to allow equal access to the potential of the web.

The purpose of this site is to assist web designers and developers in producing a web site that will be accessible to all users, including those with sight and mobility impairments. It is being developed to provide web designers with a one-stop-search to provide information for the production of web sites that are accessible to everyone. Numerous web sites that are trying to help web designers provide accessible web content are linked to this site in an attempt to make the search for such information an easier task.

There are over 8 million potential customers who can not use a mouse. Is your web site accessible for these potential customers?

“Many blind and visually impaired people are turning to the Internet to bypass the chronic bottleneck in Braille, tape and alternative materials. Sadly, some sites are either inaccessible or unusable and so re-enforce barriers which deny us the information to which we’re entitled.” Terry Robinson

If you require to view any page on this site in another language please go to Alta Vista for translations from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish. English to Russian is not yet available, but Russian to English is available if you would like to contact us.

Alta Vista also makes it possible for you to translate any of the above into English. So if you would like to contact us in any of the above languages, please enter your comments into html format and translate them into English.

Alta Vista deserves praise for this effort.

The Web Access Symbol at the top of this page can be found at NCAM’s Web Site. (National Centre for Accessible Media)

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