It's a sad fact that a lot of information on the Web is not directly accessible by people with disabilities.
Why? Because most Web site managers and developers are ignorant of
the needs of those people with disabilities who cannot use the Web in
the standard way.
Here are some examples of common accessibility design considerations:
- Include alternative (ALT) text for every image on your site
- Provide text links in addition to image map links
- Provide alternatives to multimedia content
- Make sure colors don't hinder the accessibility of your content
(it is often said that 10% of the population suffer with
- Provide alternatives to Web pages using frames
- Make sure all text is readable
- Make sure content is accessible to assistive technology, such as screen readers
Even following these basic guidelines will make your site most
accessible than many. There are thousands of sites that use graphics in
situations where a paragraph of text would be adequate.
Even if you want to use graphics to illustrate a point, make sure you also supply text for those who cannot (or choose not to) view graphics!