So what is web accessibility?
Let’s start at the start. The term web accessibility refers to the practice of designing and building websites so that they can be accessed and operated by everyone – regardless of their ability or situation. This is a really important point to take in. It’s a human right in Australia (and around the world) to access information without exclusion – and it’s no different when it comes to the web.
We are going to look into what ‘accessed by everyone’ means in a moment, but first here is a shortlist of common misconceptions around web accessibility:
- Accessibility is for only for blind people
- Disabled people are all in wheelchairs
- I don’t know anyone with a disability
- We don’t have anyone like that using our website
- We don’t have enough time/budget for accessibility
- Accessibility is only for Government
On that note, let’s look at who accessibility is actually for.