Accessibility Guidelines

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets the main international standards for the World Wide Web and its accessibility.  W3C created the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 & 2.1) which are international.  The Section 508 guidlines map to WCAG 2.0 and requires specific techniques for compliance. 

The US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was amended in 1986 and again in 1998 to include all information technology, including computer hardware, software and documentation.  These amendments also created enforcement measures to mandate compliance for websites, documents, and applications developed with US Federal funding or for US government agencies. 

The internet has transformed the way we do business, learn, research, communicate, and spend our free time.

For business, a dynamic, user-friendly, and appealing online presence is imperative. When users can efficiently and effectively use your site, your bottom line benefits. So you want to make it accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.

Users interact with websites in different ways.  Some users may have minor difficulties accessing the Web and others may have more severe disabilities such as blindness, deafness, and paralysis.  For example:

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