Web Accessibility Initiative

Definition

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an initiative by the  World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to improve the accessibility of the internet for people with disabilities.



Explanation

Imagine a world where people develop a website without thinking about the audience. And people with different abilities come to visit their website. Of course, they will not be able to use any content on such websites.

The reason is, blind people can listen but can’t read. So blind will miss any readable content on the website. But they can hear better than others.

The same way deaf can’t hear any audio/video content. But they will read any written content on the website better than any other person.

If you observe these are people with different kinds of abilities. To make sure that people with different abilities are able to consume information on the internet Web Accessibility Initiative came into the picture.

WAI applies to all disabled people and also elderly people. Because aging creates a disability.

WAI focuses on making changes to websites so as to accommodate the disabled. Hence, it develops guidelines and strategies for the same. WAI develops simple techniques to follow to increase accessibility. So that the creators also don’t find the process difficult.

You can support the cause of WAI and also make your website more accessible. That is by just doing small changes to your website. A few changes like,

  • Providing text alternatives for non-text content.
  • Developing simple content so that it is easy to see, read and hear.
  • Using consistent font and color throughout your website.

In this way, you can meet the purpose of improving accessibility. And also your website will reach as many people as possible.



More Information

WAI works with many organizations across the world to improve the accessibility of the web. Hence they plan to do so through these primary activities:

  • Ensuring that new technologies support accessibility.
  • Developing guidelines for accessibility.
  • Developing tools to evaluate and facilitate accessibility.
  • Supporting education and outreach.
  • Coordinating with research and development.





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