Web accessibility means making your website available to all, regardless of ability or disability. The Website Accessibility Initiative (WAI) introduction to accessibility is a good starting point for this topic. For sites providing public services, the UK DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) law comes into force, and websites are therefore required to be accessible. For more information about accessibility, the RNIB also has a good overview of the Disability Discrimination Act.

10 Quick Tips from WAI
for web content developers (page authors, site designers, etc.), web authoring tool developers, web accessibility evaluation tool developers and others who want or need a technical standard for Web accessibility.

  1. Images & animations: Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual.
  2. Image maps: Use the client-side map and text for hotspots.
  3. Multimedia: Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
  4. Hypertext links: Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid “click here.”
  5. Page organization: Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style where possible.
  6. Graphs & charts: Summarize or use the longdesc attribute.
  7. Scripts, applets, & plug-ins: Provide alternative content in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported.
  8. Frames: Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.
  9. Tables: Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarize.
  10. Check your work: Validate. Use tools, checklist, and guidelines here.

For more details, explanations and implementation guidance, please visit WAI or any of the other websites mentioned above.

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