Globally, the disability community represents a formidable demographic of over one billion people with an estimated 3 trillion dollars in disposable income. Vision, hearing, cognitive, and ambulatory challenges present unique considerations for content developers.
In addition to the legal compliance requirements for content accessibility, which are well documented and becoming more widely enforced, the publishing community can and should lead the charge for meaningful social change in this arena.
Accessibility covers a series of disabilities ranging from visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological. By making publications available in ways where a print-impaired user might select a different font size, style, or color; use voice synthesis to read the text aloud or change the text into Braille, the user has the opportunity to maximize his or her engagement with the content.
Laws and Trends
In both the United States and Europe, governments are mandating change and starting to enforce compliance to WCAG 2.0 standards. Click here for a few helpful links on accessibility standards.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
- Developed by the World Wide Web Consortirum (WC3)
- International guidelines for web pages and apps
- Three levels of conformance from A (lowest) to AAA (highest)
- Most content providers aim for Level AA
Amnet champions the cause of “digital equality” and to accelerate this initiative we have launched a not-for-profit Accessibility Resource Center.
Click here to know more about The Accessibility Resource Center