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Chapter Fourteen. Accessibility Basics > Myth: A Text-Only Version Satisfies th...

Myth: A Text-Only Version Satisfies the Requirement for Equal or Equivalent Access

Not true. Adaptive technology has come a long way, and most anything on a conventional web page can be made fully or at least partially accessible, with no visible alteration to your layout. (Remember: The work takes place under the hood.) Shuttling off disabled visitors to a text-only site assumes that the color blind can't see at all, or that those who have limited mobility have no use for images. It also assumes that these users have no interest in shopping on your commerce site or participating in an online discussion forum. In short, the outdated text-only approach helps no one. Not only that, creating and maintaining text-only pages costs more than simply adding access tags and attributes to your site.


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