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What is Accessibility?

Accessibility is a general term used to describe the degree to which a system is usable by as many people as possible.It is not to be confused with usability which is used to describe how easy a thing is to use. In regards to website development, accessibility refers to the content being procurable and functional to largest possible audience.

Essentials - W3C

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 | Understanding WCAG 2.0 | HTML Techniques for WCAG 2.0

Getting Started

Recommended Reading

Universal Design for Web Applications (Book)

Universal Design for Web Applications

Universal Design for Web Applications teaches you how to build websites that are more accessible to people with disabilities and explains why doing so is good business. It takes more work up front, but the potential payoff is huge—especially when mobile users need to access your sites. You'll discover how to use standards-based web technologies to develop applications for a wide range of users and a variety of devices, including the mobile Web.

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Design Accessible Web Sites (Book)

Design Accessible Web Sites

"Accessibility" has a reputation of being dull, dry, and unfriendly toward graphic design. But there is a better way: well-styled semantic markup that lets you provide the best results for all of your users. This book will help you provide images, video, Flash and PDF in an accessible way that looks great to your sighted users, but is still accessible to all users.

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See also: Web Accessibility Principles

Why Design For Accessibility?

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