Who needs an accessible website?
Implementing techniques to enhance a website's accessibility is not just a requirement for public bodies. It is also a very convenient and useful thing for many organizations. The ease with which the Internet allows one to find information and purchase products or service from home makes it the ideal tool for people with sensory or motion disabilities.
Creating an accessible site is not just a way to contribute to the global effort to make our society less 'exclusive', but a way to broaden one's company's ability to reach important audiences. It must be remembered that screen readers are not only used by people with sight disabilities, but are also installed on many high-end cars to allow drivers to browse the Internet while they're driving.
Accessible websites can also be browsed easily with PDAs, which feature special browsers which can strip down a page of its visual presentation to show it as a plain text page with a few images. All websites created with accessibility in mind always perform better on this kind of devices.
Choosing to have an accessible website does not only mean to show one's awareness on the important social issue of tangible and virtual architectural barriers, but can also be a very profitable endeavour.