Answering Accessibility

Morning everyone! Fair to say I’m absolutely shattered after getting up at 6am after 5 hours sleep but I suppose I best get this done..

This morning we were given a brief lecture on accessibility and web standards. Nowadays, websites have to be made so that all types of users in terms of ability can use it with ease.

Our task for today is to answer the two following questions so that we fully understand what is meant by the term accessibility and what we need to take into consideration when creating a website.

Describe what being accessible means?

Being accessible is basically the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment you make available to as many people as possible. Accessibility can be viewed as the “ability to access” and benefit from some system or entity; in our case it would be web pages.

Identify at least two key individuals or groups that have been influential in web standards and why they were important.

W3C – These guys were the ones who set the main international standards for the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee founded W3C in October 1994. This ‘rule book’ as some people call it was created to ensure compatibility. Different vendors, causing inconsistency in how Web pages are displayed, offer incompatible versions of HTML. The consortium tries get all those vendors to implement a set of core principles and components which are chosen by the consortium.

WaSP – This organisation is made up of industry leaders from web design to graphic design. What this organisation did was that they went around and forced everyone who wasn’t using the W3C’s recommendations on web design and accessibility into using them. Once they had done this they changed the term ‘recommendation’ to ‘standards’, and told everyone that every website should be created to these standards.