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Key Accessibility Issues

Causes of accessibility problems

  • Images: not labelled properly
  • Inaccessible Flash
  • Language: use of complex text, jargon, poor headings and layout
  • Multimedia: lack of captioning and transcripts
  • Frames: poor frame titles makes pages hard to navigate for blind web users
  • Tables: information in tables not codes so they are readable by blind web users
  • Scripts: JaveScript and applets which are not compatible with assistive technology with no alternative content provided.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995, 9.8 million people in the UK have a disability.  The group that have specific issues with web accessibility are:

  • Vision  : including blindness, colour blindness and tunnel vision
  • Hearing : both total deafness and hard of hearing
  • Mobility : problems with hands and arms
  • Cognitive : mental and learning difficulties.