It is true when you first think about “web accessibility”; you have to think specifically about people with disabilities, but the benefits of accessibility cover lot more than that.
- . The same principles that make a web site good for people with disabilities also make it good for people on mobile devices.
- It also helps people who access web sites on different brands of browsers, or on different brands of computers, or on older browsers or computers.
- Accessible web sites are easier for search engines to index and catalog, making the sites easier for everyone to find, not just for the disable people.
- Accessible web sites are also good for people who are getting old, who may be losing their eyesight or their hearing or their mobility or their cognition.
Any one of us could get a disability at any moment in time. If you don’t have a disability now, chances are that you’ll get one in the end, supposing that you live to an old age. People tend to lose physical abilities as they age, in all categories: vision, hearing, mobility, cognition, and so on.
Besides, don’t be too quick to dismiss a group of people just because they’re a minority. People with disabilities make up about 20% of the population at any given time. Not all of those disabilities affect a person’s ability to use the internet (reliable statistics for that are hard to find), but a portion of that 20% will face some sort of difficulties when using a computer. Besides, accessibility isn’t something that’s optional or just kind of nice for people with disabilities. Accessibility is necessary and non-negotiable. Without accessibility, people with disabilities can’t use web sites, and that can have a dramatically negative impact in their lives.