Sustaining Internet Accessibility
Robert Jordan (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA), Worachat Buranapunsri (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA) and Zane Berge (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Copyright: © 2006
In this chapter, accessibility is defined as providing barrier-free Internet applications for those with physical and other disabilities. In some nations, accessibility to government Web sites and Web-based applications is the law. In the private sector, providing accessible Web sites makes good business sense. It increases productivity of employees who use it, expands the markets of businesses that provide it, and enhances the reputation of organizations that employ it. Although there are cost and time challenges for Web designers who incorporate accessibility, these may be overcome through careful planning and a through understanding of accessible design principles. Accessible design means simple design, which benefits all users.