The web is now so widespread that it is our social responsibility as owners of websites to provide access to the handicapped. At Telono we consider it our responsibility also, so we work with clients to create accessible websites and products.
“Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they cancontribute to the Web.” The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Why is it important ?
Conforming to the W3C standards allows you to:
- Save time and money
The separation of the content of a website and its presentation makes it possible to save time when needing to modify the appearance of the site.
- Better indexing of your site in search engines
Accessibility returns better indexing of your site by search engines thanks to the separation of content and presentation. This makes websites more findable and thereby attracting more potential customers.
- Provide access to visually impaired people
Handicapped people use technical assistants to surf the web. Partially-sighted people use special software which allows magnification of the screen, whereas blind people use a voice synthesizer. These alternative technologies are all based on HTML code, which means the code must be formatted correctly for this to work well.
- Reduce the size your web pages for faster page loads
If presentation layer is controlled by the CSS code there will be a reduction in the size of web pages and optimisation of remote loading time.
- Compatibility with older browsers and alternative output devices
This makes it possible for the user to chose his or her browser or support device such as a PDA or a cell-phone. This notion brings us to understand that the web is a flexible medium.
- Claim that your site meets the W3C accessibility guidelines
There are standards founded by a work group of the W3C, called the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Compliance with these rules gives your company the right to put a logo or seal of approval that the website meets all of the W3C directives.