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Chapter Fourteen. Accessibility Basics > Myth: Accessibility Is “Just for Disab...

Myth: Accessibility Is “Just for Disabled People”

Not true. Certainly, conformance can improve (or in some cases, provide for the first time) access for people who have major disabilities. But it will also help the following:

  • Anyone who uses Palm Pilots, web-enabled cell phones, and other nontraditional browsing devices—a growing market segment

  • People who have temporary impairments and disabilities (for example, broken wrists)

  • People who have minor, correctable vision problems, including aging baby boomers (a huge segment of the population)

  • Those who are temporarily accessing sites away from their customary environment—for instance, via kiosks or feature-limited browsers in airports and other public places

  • Site owners who want to reach any of these people rather than sending them to a competitor's site

  • Site owners who want to benefit from search engines, the biggest “blind users” of them all (see “The Blind Billionaire,” earlier)


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