What is an accessible website?
In short, an accessible website is inclusive to all users, regardless of web browsing experience or any physical disabilities they may have.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. There are four guiding principles:
- Perceivable – Information and user interface must be presented to users in ways they can perceive.
- Operable – Users must be able to use the interface. It cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform.
- Understandable – Users must be able to understand the information as well as how to use the interface.
- Robust – Users must be able to access the content as technologies advance. In other words, as technologies and user agents evolve, the content should remain accessible.
(Sourced from Introduction to Understanding WCAG 2.0)