Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" and benefit from some system or entity. The concept often focuses on people with disabilities or special needs (such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and their right of access, enabling the use of assistive technology.Accessibility is not to be confused with usability, which is the extent to which a product (such as a device, service, or environment) can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use.
Posts about Accessibility
  • How do I make sure my site is mobile friendly? A checklist

    … a ‘mobile friendly’ label to distinguish websites that are adapted for mobile, making changes to the mobile search results page including user-friendly URLs and expanded sitelinks, and launching Accelerated Mobile Pages to provide an ultra-fast mobile experience. Now, with this latest update, Google has strengthened its mobile-friendly ranking signal…

    Search Engine Watchin How To's- 12 readers -
  • Test Driving Google’s Accessibility Apps & Tools for Android

    … is that so many beta testers showed up. Voice Access Beta We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice. For example, you can say “open Chrome” or “go home” to navigate around the phone…

    The SEM Postin Google- 6 readers -
  • Building more accessible technology

    … screen readers or larger text, to people with motor restrictions that prevent them from interacting with a touch screen, to people with hearing impairments who cannot hear their device’s sounds. Here are some updates we’ve made recently to make our technology more accessible: Tools to help develop accessible apps Accessibility scanner is a new tool…

    The Official Google Blog- 14 readers -
  • WordPress plugins and accessibility

    … everything you need to know about optimizing the usability of your site? Check out our UX & Conversion eBook » “Your plugin’s not perfect either” You were thinking just that, right? Our plugin isn’t perfect either, in terms of accessibility. But we have shown to you over the last years that we’re listening and we’re improving accessibility at a fast…

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoastin Blogging- 11 readers -
  • Why accessibility is key for search and visibility

    … If you’re involved with SEO, you’ve no doubt thought about all sorts of ways and means to boost your site in the search rankings. But if your site isn’t web accessible, your efforts will be in vain for 1/5 of your potential visitors. Web accessibility is the name given to making websites and online materials usable to people with disabilities…

    Search Engine Watch- 10 readers -
  • The main accessibility checks

    … Accessibility checks help you optimize your website. For every visitor. By thinking about accessibility, you are actually thinking about your design, the use of textual and multimedia content, and the structure of your website. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a list of accessibility checks for you. In this post, I will dive into the main…

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoast- 14 readers -
  • Easy-to-use accessibility tools

    … wrong: we’re not doing everything right ourselves, but we try to improve the accessibility of our site and plugins as well. Last year, Rian Rietveld wrote an article on how to use a .screen-reader-text class to make your read more links more accessible. Go read. Implement. Want to learn everything you need to know about optimizing the usability…

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoast- 14 readers -
  • Why Accessibility Will Matter More in 2016 and Beyond

    … their information to enhance the user experience for clients’ websites. Accessibility Remains A Low Priority Accessibility is a word that is beginning to lose its home. The same thing happened with usability. In fact, many in the internet marketing industry don’t use the term “usability” anymore because it is, for starters, vague and inexact…

    The SEM Post- 14 readers -
  • Why Facebook Moved Web Video to HTML5 From Flash

    … Facebook recently switched all of its Web video from Adobe Flash to HTML5, and front-end engineer Daniel Baulig explained why in a blog post. Baulig wrote that the benefits of moving to HTML5 included quicker development, a better testing infrastructure and far greater accessibility for impaired users. He added that Facebook had to overcome…

    David Cohen/ Inside Facebookin Social Facebook- 16 readers -
  • On IDPD, working toward a more accessible and inclusive world

    … Sesame, an app that allows people with mobility impairments to control a smartphone using only head movements; and, finally, German grantee Wheelmap will expand its accessibility mapping efforts worldwide. This week, many Googlers around the world will also join Wheelmap’s Map My Day campaign to help out. We’ve also collected 11 tips that help people…

    The Official Google Blog- 8 readers -
  • Facebook Updates Accessibility Efforts

    … and text size. She added: If you’re interested in accessibility and know the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, you will be able to use this primer. The concepts are easy to understand, and anyone with an interest in web development can take the tutorial. The acronym HIKE by no means encompasses the entire diverse field of accessibility, but our primer…

    David Cohen/ AllFacebookin Social Facebook- 9 readers -
  • Accessibility matters

    … Usability is important: for everyone. To make sure your site can be properly used by all your visitors (even if they’re (visually) impaired), you have to optimize your site’s áccessibility. Every software developer should at least have some basic interest in this. Well-known WordPress accessibility expert Rian Rietveld has trained both our review…

    Michiel Heijmans/ Yoast- 10 readers -
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