Accessibility is about designing an accessible website to ensure that its content is available to the maximum number of visitors, including people with disabilities, regardless of the technology they are using. The five main types of disabilities that affect Internet usage are:
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Mobility impairments
- Cognitive impairments
- Seizure disorders
In 1999, the UK Government's Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was extended to cover all "Goods, Facilities and Services" provided by UK businesses.
This means that if your web site provides a service, you may be liable to legal action if you do not take all reasonable steps to ensure that the service is available to people with disabilities.
We don't consider accessibility to be optional - it makes obvious sense to ensure your site can be used by the widest possible range of people. Therefore, we build sites to UK Government, RNIB, and W3C Standards, and incorporates features to ensure that every visitor can access information (including providing alternative text descriptions, using simple and intuitive site navigation, labelling elements clearly, and producing logical page structures).
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