Chapter 16. Accessibility: Considering Your Audience

Of course, you want the widest possible audience to visit your Web site—and enjoy the experience. Extending your Web site to reach as many people as possible isn’t just a desirable practice—for many Internet users, unless you take pains to include them, they won’t be able to experience much of your site at all.

According to statistics from the Census Bureau, one out of every five individuals is disabled in one form or another. These numbers increase as the median age of the population increases. Some of the specific challenges of the disabled include, for example, not being able to view Web content and not being able to type text using a keyboard.

Web accessibility has historically been concerned ...

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