Abilitynet: ‘Web Accessibility Guidelines’ turn 10 but still less than 10% of sites are accessible

20 December 2018
Source: Abilitynet

On 11 December 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published an important AbilityNet Logo update to their guidelines aimed at making the internet a more accessible place for people with disabilities. Ten years on and we’ve not seen much of an impact. Let’s look at why and what can be done to speed things up.

Accessibility for a Web2.0 world

Remember that phrase; ‘Web2.0’? It was coined to encapsulate the fact that websites had largely changed from being static pages of information to web applications full of functionality. Web pages were becoming complicated things full of JavaScript and (ugh) Flash and the internet was becoming an increasingly ‘no-go zone’ for people with a wide range of impairments. Not using a mouse on our new, sexy AJAX web application? Tough. Distracted by that constantly updating carousel full of animated ads? Our bad, but we’re still not going to allow you to stop that scrolling. Want to make changes to text size or colours in our new Flash-based website? Sorry – move on.

Read the full article on the Abilitynet Website

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