RampWEB, a web and software accessibility company

What is Web accessibility?

Web accessibility is the goal of ensuring that people can more easily access and use your web site as effectively as people who don’t have disabilities. That is, allow more people in different situations such as being Disabled or being wirelessly connected to the Internet to be able to functionally use your web site.

Many people are limited by physical or cognitive disabilities that make it difficult for them to use web sites. Others are temporarily impaired by the circumstance in which they are using the site. For instance, they might be using the small screen and limited input mechanisms of a PDA, cell phone, or car device, or might not have a mouse. Still others may be limited be wireless devices or bandwidth affecting their Internet connection. Your organization can benefit by making it’s web site easier for all audiences to reach, and to use. The alternative is to lose that audience.

Accessibility and usability are two key qualities of a great web site, and usability is a very important part of accessibility. The difference between the two is that usability relates to design elements of your organizations web site that affect every person's ability to easily understand the content of the web site. Designs focused on usability ensure that the user can learn and remember the web site navigation, that they can easily navigate through the web site and find information, and that they have a positive experience at the web site. Usability affects all users while poor accessibility would prevent many people from using your organizations web site at all.