The importance of web accessibility in company websites
Web accessibility encompasses disabilities that might affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, cognitive, or neurological disabilities.
It is crucial for the web services to create an inclusive environment for everyone. Accessible websites enable the users to make independent decisions, provide greater opportunity for participation in communities, as well as provide equal access to education, employment, and entertainment.
With approximately one billion people, that is 15% of the global population experiencing various forms of disabilities
Improve your company’s website by making it accessible
With the use of information and communication technology (ICT) we can improve products or services in order to be usable by all users, take into consideration their different needs they have. People with disabilities or different kind of impairments they have the same right to access a website or system. A person’s ability to use a website or system may be impaired due to the kind of disability that he or she may have.
For many technologies, ICT can be used to meet all the different kinds of users’ needs. An accessible website can help people with disabilities have access. For example there are people who can’t read text, view images or browse a website like a normal user.
Accessible website can also help older people by making their browsing experience easier. People with dissabilities are often use screen readers to browse websites. In order for website to be accessible, designers must follow the accessibility guidelines known as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Corporate websites have to follow these accessibility guidelines. They may have customers or visitors that are using screen readers so their website have to be compatible. For example they have to use alt tags in website images in order to be read from screen readers. Another major issue is the use of colours in websites. For instance some people have difficulty to see colour so they will not be able to browse and view images appropriately.