As soon as the word accessibility is mentioned very strong feelings and opinions come into motion and the discussions go on all night. Therefore, I felt the need to take a shot at explaining my view on accessibility.
To me, it is all about making web sites accessible to people with disabilities and at the same time to people using different operating systems, web browsers and devices. I’m sure that the general notion when the term accessibility initially was coined that it was to focus on, and cater to, people with special needs that don’t have all the prerequisites as everyone else. A very noble initiative and a corner stone if we ever want the web to be taken seriously.
But when making a web site accessible to people with disabilities, why wouldn’t we at the same time make it accessible to people who aren’t using Windows and Internet Explorer? It’s a mindset and an attitude that go hand-in-hand for me. Surely, everyone wants to reach an audience as wide as possible, right?
So, let’s stop bickering about what we read into the word accessibility, and instead start focusing on reaching as many people as possible with this wonderful medium called the Internet!