The power of the Web is in its universality.
Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
The Web was designed to a set of standards so that it can work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, location, or ability. A well-engineered website removes barriers to communication and interaction that many people face in the physical world. For this reason many disabled people find the web a truly "life enhancing experience”.
Examples of accessible engineering include
- The site is coded with semantically meaningful HTML, This includes well structured headings, using the list element for navigation menus and the label element for form input instructions.
- Approprite text equivalents provided for images.
- Links use meaningfully text.
- Colour contrast between text and background makes it easier to read
- Actions that can be performed with a mouse can also be performed just using the keyboard (such as the Tab key).