Increasing Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education

Increasing Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education

Barbara A. Frey (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Ashli Molinero (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and Ellen Cohn (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch246
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Abstract

Just as wheelchair ramps and elevators provide access to wheelchair users, good Web design provides “electronic curb ramps” to the Internet for individuals with visual or other disabilities (Waddell, 1997). Research shows it is easier and less expensive to initially construct accessible Web pages rather than to retrofit the pages with corrections. Most of the technical requirements for accessible Web design can be met if Web designers adhere to the straightforward principles suggested by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative.

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