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What means “barrier-free internet”?

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What means “barrier-free internet”?
Written on: 09/02/2010 [19:04]
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The world wide web – life without it has become almost impossible. For people with disabilities, the internet is a great advantage as the enormous amount of information and service offers online allows a greater level of independence. However, the precondition is that the pages are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Statistics show that people with disabilities use the internet above average. Therefore, it is important that the internet is barrier-free. This means that websites are fully accessible – that all users can read and interpret them. This also includes people that can’t read the in-formation on the screen in the usual way and/or navigate with a standard mouse – people with language, hearing or seeing impairment or people who have an impairment of the motor nerves.
In Germany, the standard requires that all new federal websites must be created within the conformity level AA of the WCAG 1.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). Older sites have had to change to meet this standard by 31 December 2007. But of course, what applies to fed-eral sites should also apply to all providers of online of-fers.
But what means web accessibility in practice? Consider-ing the various kinds of disabilities, it means clear struc-tures, adjustable font sizes, high contrast, as few Java applets or flash objects as possible, a consistent positions of elements, short and simple sentences as well as the compliance with technical standards, which all allow an easier use of the internet. In addition, it is important to even update the accessibility of websites that have already achieved a good standard of accessibility.
But full accessibility means even more:
Also people without disability should not be compelled to use the same hard- and software configurations as the provider. Accessibility also means that a website can be used independently from platforms. This makes it possible that the online offers are useable with different output media and are independent from used operating systems and software. Only this allows full accessibility for as many people as possible – people with or without a disability.
For more information see
http://www.access-for-all.ch/ (only in German and Swissgerman Sign Language)
http://www.beta-hilfen.de/beh/ (only in German)
Written on: 11/02/2010 [20:07]
Die Website für Menschen mit Behinderung und schwerer Krankheit / Community for disabled people