refers to the practice of making
pages accessible to people using a wide range of
user agent software and devices, not just standard
Web browsers. This is especially important for people with
disabilities such as
visual impairment. In order to access the Web, some users require
special software or devices in addition to a standard web browser, or
specially designed web browsers. Design for accessibility is a
sub-category of good design for usability.
Disabilities Act (ADA): Department of Justice, 2001, View full text of
the act and explanations.
2. U.S. Section 508
Guidelines: Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and
information technology is accessible to people with disabilities.
3. W3C Web
Accessibility Initiative (WAI): The starting point for Web accessibility information, from
W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium, which sets commonly accepted application and use standards for Web developers and
4. Authoring Tool
Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (Working Draft): "Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0" (ATAG 2.0) is
part of a series of accessibility guidelines published by the
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0: Here are the agreed-upon rules to follow for creating
accessible Web pages, from the World Wide Web Consortium, which provides standards for the Web.
How People with Disabilities Use the Web: Illustrations of what some of the requirements are for people
with disabilities, from the World Wide Web Consortium. Included
are links to supporting technical information and guidelines. An
enlightening document for both Web users and Web builders.
Viewable with any Browser: This web site explains the details of accessibility issue and
provides visitors with ways of how to remove this issue when
developing a website. It also provides useful information about software
programs that are useful for making a website free from accessibility
Accessibility: Microsoft has a substantial Web presence for accessibility.
As a company, they have also invested a lot of resources in making
their products accessible. They have a person assigned to each
product whose job it is to make sure the product meets accessibility standards.