Web Accessibility - Same Chances for All

For most people, the use of the internet has become a common thing. There is a constantly growing number of ways and devices to access the web. Along with this, the number of stakeholder groups gets bigger and bigger. Accessibility is a way to ensure the access to the internet for all stakeholder groups.

Approximately eight percent of all people are physically handicapped in a way which threatens their access to information from the web. About ten percent of males suffer from light forms of color blindness. An estimated quarter of all working people live with different degrees of ametropia.

Barrier-free webdesign tries to grant access to content and interaction on the web for all these user groups. Especially for people who, physically or mentally impaired, have a reduced ability to take part in social life, the web is a unique possibility to communicate. But more often than not, they are hindered by technical barriers. Most of these barriers, however, can be eliminated by the right way of programming.

Web Accessiblity seeks to understand how people use the web, how they perceive information and how a maximum number of different stakeholder groups can be supported in their perception without impeding others from doing so.