What is digital accessibility?
When all users can equally access the information and functionality of a website or any type of digital content, these are considered accessible. Many websites are difficult or impossible to use for some people because the website presents barriers to universal access. This is often a result of creating content or developing websites without taking all users into consideration. Overwhelmingly, 70% of all U.S. websites are inaccessible according to Nucleus Research's The Internet is Unavailable.
Best practices for accessibility occur in every part of a website’s development and maintenance. It also applies to any content that may end up online, be it a Word document, a PowerPoint presentation, a PDF, or any other. From web designers and web developers to website builders and content editors, we are all responsible for making the web accessible for all.
One of the great things about digital accessibility is that it improves the experience for all users including users with disabilities.