© Ashley Firth  2019
Ashley FirthPractical Web Inclusion and Accessibilityhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5452-3_2

2. Blindness

Ashley Firth
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London, UK
 
Around 360,000 people in the United Kingdom are partially sighted or severely sight impaired (legally blind).1 This, of course, creates a specific set of access needs – blind users must be able to access the Internet without visual information.
When faced with a site that has neglected those access needs, these users encounter barriers. Not only is this exclusion unfair and discriminatory, but it also contributes to loss of independence. It was this particular type of exclusion that formed the basis of the lawsuit against Beyoncé’s website and (most likely) of the United Kingdom cases brought ...

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