Web Accessibility – What is an Acccessible Web Site?

Most site owners don’t bother making their web site accessible because they don’t recognize the benefits. It also means greater care needs to be taken when designing the site. If you employ a professional site designer it will cost more than building a regular site because it will take more time.

What is an accessible web site?

Web accessibility means making web pages accessible to people using a wide range of software and devices, not just standard Web browsers. This especially applies to people with disabilities such as visual impairment.

Which audience does web accessibility apply to?

Visual impairments

Blindness, common types of low vision and poor eyesight, various types of colour blindness.


Difficulty or inability to use the hands, including tremors, muscle slowness, loss of fine muscle control, etc., due to conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, stroke.


Developmental disabilities, learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.), and cognitive disabilities, affecting memory, attention, developmental “maturity,” problem-solving and logic skills, etc.


Deafness or hearing impairments, including individuals who are hard of hearing.


Seizures caused by visual strobe or flashing effects.

My next post will discuss the Benefits of Web Accessibility

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