Accessibility is the degree to how much is available or accessible on a website or application to people with different types of disabilities. An accessible web page is a web page that can be used as effectively and for the same purpose by a person with a disability as by a person without a disability.
True Test: Can people with disabilities use your web page?
A disability is a mental or physical condition that hinders a person's senses, movements, or activities.
Types of disabilities
- Cognitive Impairment
(including blind, low vision, and color blind)
Other factors that could impact the usability of your site:
- Eyes or Hands busy
- Noisy Environment
- No Speakers
- Old Browser
- Slow Internet Connection
- Small Display (smart phone, tablet)
Why is accessibility important?
- Websites that are accessible are more user-friendly than those that are not designed with accessibility in mind
- People will be more likely to return to your website if they had a good experience
- Users with disabilities will be able to experience the website similarly to the way that those without disabilities can
- Traffic to your site will increase
- By making your website accessible, search engines will have an easier time finding the site, which in turn increases traffic to the site