12. Maintaining Compatibility and Accessibility

An Introduction to Accessibility

It’s amazing to think that despite the fact that the World Wide Web is in its infancy, access to it has become an integral part of our lives. Access to the Web is quickly becoming not just a convenience, but a necessity.

This sense of necessity has largely driven the need for computer applications and sites to be accessible to people who might have hearing loss, low vision, or other disabilities. In fact, in 1998, Congress enacted the Workforce Investment Act, which consisted (in part) of an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. That amendment was titled Section 508, and it has become synonymous with accessibility in the world of technology.

Government agencies ...

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