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Dispelling the Myths
- Web Accessibility is for All

Andrew Arch, Manager Internet Product Development, Vision Australia Foundation, Kooyong, 3144. Email: Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org.au

 

Keywords

accessibility, usability, disability, rural australia, WCAG, device independence


Abstract

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are generally considered to be applicable only for people with disabilities, whereas many of the Checkpoints in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are actually general usability requirements and a number of others are equally applicable to other sections of the community, e.g. rural Australians, new Australians, new users, techno-phobes, technologically disadvantaged, and techno-freaks with the latest 'toys'. The paper highlights the fact that over half the Accessibility checkpoints benefit those without a disability as much as people with disabilities.


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