Fellow MVP Kathleen Anderson of Spider Web Woman Designs, has an article in this month’s Expression Web Newsletter on Designing Web Sites for Accessibility with Expression Web 2. She asks first “What is Web Site Accessibility?”
Web site accessibility is normally defined as the practice of making web content as usable by people with disabilities as it is to people without disabilities. People with disabilities may not be able to see your web page, hear your podcast, or navigate your web page with a mouse or even a keyboard.
And then “Why is Web Site Accessibility important?”
A Web site that can’t be navigated without a mouse, or is useless without the graphics or doesn’t have enough information in text format, will lock people out of your place of business. I read an e-mail message a couple of years ago written by a woman whose husband was blind. She spoke about how, in the early days of the Internet, it was a wonderful place for her husband. It was all text-based and universally accessible. Now, it’s a world of images, clicks, online forms, marquees, blinking text and music, all of which can be obstacles to accessibility.
Kathleen then takes you through the steps of creating an accessible site using Expression Web 2.0. You can read Designing Web Sites for Accessibility with Expression Web 2.