Web Accessibility and the Needs of Users with Disabilities

Web Accessibility and the Needs of Users with Disabilities

Aspasia Dellaporta (Cimex Media, Ltd, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-096-7.ch001
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This chapter discusses Web accessibility, and focuses on the challenge of meeting the needs of a diverse audience with different types of disabilities, as well as outlining best practices.It presents the nature and need for Web accessibility, focusing on the UK legislation, and argues that e-accessibility goes beyond legal obligations offering life-enhancing opportunities and services, and promoting inclusion. The dynamics between the Web and its diverse audience are emphasized by giving an overview of the multiple facets of Web accessibility. It has been observed that accessibility is often discussed as affecting blind people only, and discussions frequently isolate a few aspects of it. The author hopes that, by demonstrating and offering ways of understanding Web accessibility and its multilayered nature, the ground will be laid for a more effective and inclusive approach towards Web accessibility as a process in Web design and development.

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