What is “Web Accessibility”?

“Web accessibility.” This term gets thrown around a lot, but what is it really about?

In a recent McGill Reporter article, Senior Web Accessibility consultant Denis Boudreau demystifies digital accessibility. According to Mr. Boudreau, web accessibility is “the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent access to websites by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.”

The four tenets of web accessibility is that content needs to be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. Essentially, users with disabilities need to be able to access and interact with content in a reliable and efficient way. This can involve ensuring all videos are captioned or that all menus can be accessed using only the keyboard.

Mr. Boudreau’s central message is that web accessibility benefits everyone. By making content universally available, we’re creating a more informed and engaged global community. Likewise, accessibility features that benefit users with disabilities often improve everyone’s online experience, boosting functionality and variety.

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