How People with Disabilities Use the Web
This is an in-progress draft. The previously published version is at www.w3.org/WAI/people-use-web/.
How do people who cannot move their arms use your website? What about people who cannot see well or at all? Or people who have difficulty hearing or understanding, or have other disabilities?
This resource introduces how people with disabilities use the Web. It describes tools and approaches that people with different kinds of disabilities, including people with age-related impairments, use to browse the Web. It illustrates barriers people may encounter due to poor design. It helps developers, designers, and others to understand the principles for creating accessible websites, web applications, browsers, and other web tools.
This resource includes the following pages
- Stories of Web Users – stories of selected scenarios of people with disabilities using the Web, to highlight the effect of barriers and the broader benefits of accessible websites and web tools.
- Diverse Abilities and Barriers – explores the wide range of diversity of people and abilities, and highlights some of the types of barriers that people commonly encounter due to inaccessible design.
- Tools and Techniques – introduces some of the techniques and tools that people with disabilities use to interact with the Web, such as browser settings, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and many more.
Related WAI resources
- Accessibility Principles - introduces the four principles used to organize accessibility requirements and provides examples of requirements related to each principle from the international accessibility standards from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Web Accessibility Perspectives – short videos highlighting accessibility features that are essential to people with disabilities and useful for all.
- Better Web Browsing - tips on how to customize your particular web browser and computer setup to benefit from accessibility features.