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Accessibility is not just about making sure that people with disabilities can use your site. It is also about allowing a wide variety of users and devices to have access to information, thus maximizing your potential audience by letting users experience the website as they choose. Designing for accessibility means accepting that, for online information, there is:
An accessible website doesn't exclude visitors due to their abilities, or the method they choose to access the web.
Accessible websites make clear content, structure, and ease of navigation a priority over the frillier aspects of design. This doesn't mean they are visually unattractive, nor does it mean they are prevented from using the latest web technologies, provided that all information is still accessible to users.
Strive to provide web content that meets accessibility guidelines as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3).
6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users: Web accessibility doesn’t only extend to color blind users, but dyslexic users too.
Color Contrast Analyser with High Contrast Warning: High contrast can make pages difficult to read for those with some forms of dyslexia and it causes text pixelation for visually-impaired users of screen magnifiers.
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