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Web Accessibility and Older People:
Meeting the Needs of Ageing Web Users

(This page was developed as part of the WAI-AGE Project, introduced below.)

Page Contents

Introduction

Older Web users are an increasing market segment and an important target group for many businesses, governments, and other organizations.

Web developers, managers, and owners who want to make their websites, web applications, and web tools usable by older users can use existing international accessibility guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.0 materials include guidelines and techniques for making websites and web applications work better for people with disabilities as well as older users with accessibility needs due to ageing. WAI's User Agent Accessibility Guidelines UAAG explains how to make web browsers and media players accessible, which is of particular importance to older users who have accessibility needs that should be met through the browser instead of requiring additional assistive technologies.

Overlapping Needs

Many older people have age-related impairments that can affect how they use the Web, such as declining:

These issues overlap with the accessibility needs of people with disabilities. Thus, websites and tools that are accessible to people with disabilities are more accessible to older users as well.

Introductions and Research

Resources for Users and Advocates

Resources for Developers and Managers

Additional Resources

The resources listed in the previous sections address various aspects web accessibility related to web users who are older and the overlap with web users who have disabilities. Additional resources available through the WAI website navigation also touch on this issue, including:

WAI-AGE Project

Web Accessibility Initiative: Ageing Education and Harmonisation (WAI-AGE) is a European Commission IST Specific Support Action with the goal of increasing accessibility of the Web for older people as well as for people with disabilities in European Union Member States. It focuses on:

To learn more about the WAI-AGE project, see the WAI-AGE Project page, which includes: