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WAI: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities

Getting Started with Web Accessibility

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. Please look around the WAI website and let us know if you can't find what you're looking for, or have any suggestions.

Accessibility Basics

Introduction to Web Accessibility
Explains web accessibility in context; the scope of accessibility; and that accessibility benefits individuals, businesses, and society. Links to resources on accessibility standards, making the web accessibility, and evaluating accessibility. Provides simple examples of accessibility.
Essential Components of Web Accessibility
Shows how Web accessibility depends on several components of Web development and interaction working together and shows the relationship between the WAI guidelines: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), and User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG).
Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization
Presents benefits and costs of Web accessibility and includes guidance on incorporating these aspects into a specific organization's business case. Includes separate pages for Social Factors, Technical Factors, Financial Factors, and Legal & Policy Factors, and a collection of supporting Resources.


Video Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards
A 4-minute video.
Web Accessibility Perspectives: Explore the Impact and Benefits for Everyone
Explores the impact of accessibility for people with disabilities and the benefits for everyone. Introduces 10 web accessibility topics with short videos, brief descriptions, and links to learn more. Tag line:
Web Accessibility: Essential for some, Useful for all

Accessibility Tips

Tips for Getting Started with Web Accessibility
Introduces some basic considerations for making your website more accessible to people with disabilities, and provides links to additional guidance.

For People Who Use the Web

Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customizing Your Computer
Provides references to help you customize your particular web browser and computer setup, including links to detailed documentation and step-by-step guides.
Contacting Organizations about Inaccessible Websites
Encourages telling organizations about accessibility barriers on their website. Provides guidance on identifying key contacts, describing the problem, and following up as needed. Includes tips and sample e-mails.

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