Web Accessibility

Web accessibility means having equal access to Web based information and services regardless of the Web browsing technology used. Accessible design can open your website to the largest audience possible. Remember, your audience is everything.

What is an Accessible Website?

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An accessible website is:

Why is Web Accessibility Important?

Web accessibility is important simply because:

Dollars and Business Sense 101

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 18 - 19% of people in America have some kind of disability. Disability affects every country's population. According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of the world's population lives with disabilities. That adds up to more than one billion people with disabilities worldwide. As populations continue to age, we will see more age related impairments.

Would you want to have 15 - 20% of your potential website traffic locked out because they cannot use your site? Some people with disabilities access the Web with assistive software and/or hardware such as:

Suppose you are a small business owner. Would you want to lose 15 - 20% of your potential sales because of an inaccessible website? It just makes good business sense to have an accessible website.

Mobile Friendliness Begins With Accessibility

Accessible sites are more mobile friendly. This is important because website traffic is greater on mobile friendly sites. Those sites that do not accommodate mobile users lose a significant amount of traffic. In time, they will lose even more traffic as the mobile Web is expected to overtake desktop access by 2015.

Do the Right Thing

Making a website accessible is the ethical thing to do. Inaccessible websites interfere with a person's ability to obtain and use information on the site. On the other hand, accessible websites allow equal access to all people regardless of their abilities or disabilities.

Can You Say Lawsuit!

Finally, for certain kinds of sites, it's the Law. It is illegal to discriminate against disabled persons in the US and in most developed countries. In the US, Section 508 Web accessibility standards are designed to eliminate barriers to the Web for people with disabilities. The law applies to all Federal agencies.

Accessibility Conformance Levels (the technical stuff)

computer geek wrapped in cablesThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has compiled the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines define how to make websites more accessible to people with disabilities.? As a bonus, these guidelines also make websites more usable by older people with changing abilities due to ageing. Users in general benefit from the improved usability of sites that conform to the WCAG guidelines.

Conformance means that a website (or Web page) satisfies the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria. There are three levels of conformance:

The WCAG 2.0 Level AA conformance is a solid foundation on which to build a website. Level AAA conformance is not possible to satisfy for some content. TKO Website Design always strives to build sites that, at the very least, meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA conformance.

On May 21, 2013, all Web pages at TKO Website Design.com conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AAA conformance.