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The internet is a place for everybody, but, alas, it has until recently been targeted to user without disabilities only. It was only in the 90s of last century [sic!] that this somehow forgotten target group was taken care of - just to find out that few, but carefully identified issues would allow access to the internet to this user group as well.

It is the responsability of every single individual producing a page to display on the internet, to make sure that the page is ideally accessible to everybody - much too easily we forget about how the world looks like when you don't have the gift of sight, just to name one main problem to access the internet.

You can find here some information about what you can do to help making the internet accessible to everybody and some suggestions on how to test for accessibility.

The appendix provides you with some useful links to the web standards, to official validation tools and to the most important browsers needed for accessibility testing.

Furthermore you can read about how to provide a text equivalent for images - an article which has been published also in the articles section of the developer corner on MyOpera Community, or read about the best way to link to long descriptions of images.

A separate opera.vox section is dedicated to the new, voice-enabled web browsing.

Read the accessibility statement for this site.

what can i do?

There are a few things you can do to ensure the accessibility of your web site. Start with coding standards compliant markup, and additionally take care of validating your page. You need to take a particular care for providing a text equivalent to every non-text element. Finally you can thoroughly test your page for accessibility - and you might contribute a tiny little bit to making the world we live in a more friendly world.

how can i test my page for accessibility?

Test your page in as many browsers as possible - but at least in Internet Explorer, in one Mozilla/Gecko browser of your choice, and in Opera. Ideally you would like to add Safari and Konqueror to this list.

Probably the best browser to test in is Opera, as it is rich of accessibility features and offers many ways to check for accessibility.

Using Opera for the main part of the tests, I would procede as follows:


web standards

validation tools


last.update :: 2004.11.17