Accessibility

What is accessibility for the web

As you may be aware on December 21, 2000 The Access Board, a US government agency, issued guidelines for accessibility of information technology under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. These guidelines require that Federal departments and agencies create web sites and other information technology that is accessible to people with disabilities, such as the blind and the mobility-impaired. This also affects agencies that contract with the Federal government as they are required to follow section 508 rules. These rules came into affect June 21 2001.

Web content accessibility refers to the availability of web-based information to "non-standard access methods" (e.g., wireless devices or text to speech browsers). Persons with disabilities, approximately 10% of all web users, are currently the largest population using such methods.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards.

W3C World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

Additional helpful accessibility related links

Acrobat accessibility

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA Homepage.

WebAim
Introduction to Web Accessibility, articles, products and services, general information and more.

Usability.gov
A good resource for designing usable, useful and accessible Wet sites.

Department of Justice Section 508 Homepage

Bobby
A comprehensive web accessibility software tool designed to help expose and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance with existing accessibility guidelines.

Accessible Web Page Design

W3C CSS Validation Service

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