The internet is home to so many of life's greatest treasures. Where else can you order groceries for delivery, read the newspaper, and watch a video of a dog being reunited with its owner, all within a few minutes and a handful of clicks? Today, 77% of Americans say they're online every day, including 26% who self identify as being “almost constantly” online, according to 2018 Pew Research. The internet is a source of news, entertainment, and communication, and now more than ever, people are working to make sure all people are welcome online.
Web accessibility is a concept and practice of inclusivity, which centers around making sure websites are designed and coded in such a way that disabled users can navigate them with ease. Without web accessibility practices, disabled users—including those with visual, auditory, mobile, cognitive, and all other variety of impairments—would not have the same access to information, entertainment, and social portals as everyone else. Common cornerstones of web accessibility can include adding alternate text to images, making sure sites are coded in a way that screen readers can comprehend, and formatting web pages for those who use a keyboard as opposed to a mouse.
Since the advent of the internet, large strides have been made on the accessibility front. Around the world, new pieces of accessibility legislation are being put into practice, and huge companies like Twitter and Instagram are increasingly focusing on accessibility. Still, it's a subject that's often shrouded in myth and mystery, as many people either don't know enough about web accessibility to understand its importance or have damaging misconceptions about what it means. To set the record straight, Stacker has put together this list of busted web accessibility myths.
Stacker scoured the internet, gathering information from authoritative news sources and industry reports, in order to bring you this list of faulty web accessibility myths and their accompanying realities. In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, read on to learn about the most pervasive web accessibility myths, from who it helps to what it looks like, and why these myths need to be busted.
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