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A. FirthPractical Web Accessibilityhttps://doi.org/10.1007/979-8-8688-0152-5_2

2. Blindness

Ashley Firth1  
London, UK

According to the World Health Organization, 40 million people worldwide are registered as Blind.1 Add to this the rise in age-related disorders like glaucoma and diabetes in aging populations around the globe, and you have a staggering number of people who will need to access content online in a different way. This use of the Web creates a specific set of access needs, as blind and visually impaired users must be able to access the Internet without visual information.

When faced with a site that has neglected those access needs, these users ...

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