The Importance of Web Accessibility{2}


by Carlos R
The article I chose to discuss about this week regards web accessibility. It provides information and gives six reasons why it is important to take people with disabilities into consideration when building a website of your own. It starts off with the fact that it’s called the world wide web, and it’s purpose is to provide the world with information. This means that every single person should be able to find a way to have access. After all, it is your audience and the more accessible your website is, the more possible traffic you can get. Along with accessibility is usability. This means that although it’s accessible, having an easier to use website that provides everything with simplicity is key in getting a larger audience. Another reason they say why you should have an accessible website is for your own knowledge and ability. It builds skills and gives you more practice on how to build a website. Taking accessibility into consideration also improves web conversion. This means that people will be happier browsing through your site and are more likely to end up purchasing something. The last reason is probably the most important one, and that is that it’s the law. Under the jurisdiction of the ADA, you must provide equality in the public services provided. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act also states that any website contracting with the Federal Government must be accessible.

In class, we talked briefly about web accessibility a week or two ago. Since this is a web development class, and a lot of the discussion involves stuff such as HTML and our layout structure, I feel that this is a very important subject that will always have to be kept in mind in this class, no matter what we’re working on. I didn’t seem to think much about it before, but since one of my past teachers emphasized this subject so much and made us validate our websites constantly, I began to realize how important it can be.

I agree completely with the article and all of the six reasons provided to why you should always keep web accessibility in mind when building your website. It is the law, and there are a lot of people out there with disabilities. It just makes sense to provide the extra functionality and make your visitors feel comfortable when they come across your website.

 

Lamarche, Holly. (February 9, 2010). Web Accessibility: 6 Reasons Why Its Important. In adminxweb. Retrieved January 29, 2012, from http://www.admixweb.com/2010/02/09/web-accessibility-6-reasons-why-its-important/.