The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was written as a civil rights law to allow people with disabilities equal access to opportunities and facilities. You might know the ADA affects physical structures and barriers to access such as door widths, ramp angles and threshold heights, but websites? Yes, and some companies have spent a lot of money defending or settling lawsuits claiming the design of their website infringes on protections offered under the ADA.
Creating a website is a huge achievement for most of the non-coders out there. The feeling is out of the world when they realise that they can share a link and call it theirs. Many hosting sites are available to the public who can guide them in this process and produce quite a satisfactory result, a result that they may take immense pleasure in. But, one common mistake they all make. They forget to make the website accessible for all!
Much of making a website more accessible is making it easy to be understood by technologies such as screen readers, which convert visual text to audible words. This also makes a site easier to index and be found by search engines, which will enhance SEO performance. Whether following Section 508 or WCAG 2.0, the concepts for making a website more accessible are relatively easy to understand and apply.