Discover What You Should Know About Web Accessibility (Part 2)

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Do You know the Web accessible guidelines?

The Web Accessibility Initiative

The WAI was started in 1999 by the World Wide Web Consortium and is viewed as the standard set of guidelines for creating accessible websites. Although there has been some criticism of their guidelines they have been working since 2003 to release the second edition of accessibility standards which will be much more technology-neutral. This will leave more room for interpretation and adaptability.

The guide goes into great depth on how to create accessible web content and includes a checkpoint summary by topic and priority. They discuss important issues and provide design solutions for a number of scenarios that cause conflicts.

The Future of Accessibility

We are at a point now where there is no doubt accessibility is important, in fact it is already a legal requirement in certain countries. Try searching Google for anything along the lines of ‘web accessibility’ and you’ll see the vast amounts of information available. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’ve come a long way over the last few years.

With more and more websites being populated with user generated content, a simple set of guidelines for web designers is becoming less useful. It is impossible to monitor this content for accessibility as it is being created at such a rapid rate. We are also seeing new assistive technologies that support elements like JavaScript, PDF’s and Flash which will create many new options for websites that remain fully accessible.

Web Accessibility is complex and can be a complicated process, but it is also tantamount to your small business success.  To uncover the blind spots in your web accessibility guidelines, you may want to enlist the help of qualified and competent professionals like us, Two Blind Marketers & Associates.  We can be reached by phone at (575) 233-6355 or by email: michael@twoblindmarketers.com. Call us today to meet with one of our web accessibility consultants!

Mike

About Mike

Despite the challenges of being legally blind since the age of 10, Michael has had the entrepreneurial spirit his whole life. He started his internet marketing career in 1997 selling collectible books on eBay. After that, he ran a successful computer consulting business for over 10 years. In January 2008, after the birth of his special needs child, he realized that he would no longer be able to do computer repair work in the field. While attending an online marketing workshop, he discovered that he had the passion to help small business owners with their marketing. He and his wife specialize in Website Design & Accessability, as well as Reputation Marketing. Michael decided, with the support of his wife, to found Two Blind Marketers in June 2009.

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