Appendix B. Why Is Accessibility on the Internet Important?

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Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
By John M. Slatin,, Sharron Rush
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Most everyone would reply to the questions above with a resounding "no." And yet, people with disabilities are often locked out of Web sites because their needs are not considered as the sites are designed.

More than 55 million Americans have some type of disability. You might want to consider YOURSELF "temporarily abled." U.S. Census data indicate that one in every five Americans has a disability. As our society grows proportionally older, the need for disability access will increase along with these numbers. The U.S. federal government and many other governments around the world maintain standards of accessibility for government Web sites and software vendors who contract with them.

  • Would you construct a building for your organization that was not accessible for someone using a wheelchair?

  • Would your company have a promotional event at a club that excluded certain people from attending?

  • Would you produce a brochure with a color scheme that rendered it unreadable to those with color vision impairments?

  • Would you want to build a Web site that some potential clients, customers, staff, press representatives, or others would not be able to access?


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    Maximum Accessibility(c) Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
    Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
    ISBN: 0201774224
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2002
    Pages: 128

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