Web Accessibility Techniques

The most important technique when building an accessible website is to ensure that the content is clearly separated from the presentation (style/layout). Many websites use tables for the presentation. The code for these tables is housed within the markup (HTML or XHTML), making it impossible to separate it from the content.

Its best to use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which lie in a separate document. It is also important to use valid markup (HTML or XHTML) and valid CSS as checked at the W3C.

Here are some web accessibility techniques that will help disabled and special needs users access the content and information on your website easily. These techniques will also help enhance the usability of your site for everyone. Moreover, many of these techniques will enhance your website's search engine visibility.

Colour blind users

Blind users

Users with sight problems

Screen magnifier users

Deaf and hearing impaired users

Keyboard/Voice users

Users with learning difficulties

Epileptic users

Dyslexia users

Users with dexterity problems

Users with cognitive problems and reading problems

Web users from outside your industry

Older Users (60 years and older)

All users

Web accessibility benefits

Developing an accessible website has many benefits. Check out our article on web accessibility benefits to find out more.

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