Why design an accessible web site?

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Title: Why design an accessible web site?
Author: Cook, Jack; Cook, Laura
Abstract: It is easy for those of us who lead unencumbered lives to forget what it must be like to be denied daily activities that we take for granted - to be relegated to the sidelines of society. Nearly half of those with disabilities say that the Internet has "significantly improved" the quality of their lives as opposed to only a quarter of those without disabilities (Solomon, 2000). The bad news is that it is much more dificult than it needs to be for the disabled to use the Web. They just want the same independence and flexibility the rest of us enjoy. However, while many Web pages are not Web accessible, the Web is better than most media. Thus, the good news is that creating accessible Web pages is relatively easy and does not require compromising your design goals.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/7681
Date: 2001-12

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