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Accessible Internet

What does barrier-free Internet mean?

Accessible Internet means that people with different limitations can fully perceive the offers on the web. An accessible Internet is important for the blind, the deaf, the mentally handicapped and other groups.

Key requirements for accessible websites

Many of the aspects worthy of attention relate to programming. For example, the visually impaired use screen readers: if a heading is represented solely by a larger font size, screen readers will not recognise this. Instead, it is recommended to generate headings with heading tags. Screen readers also cannot read graphics. At best, those responsible should provide them with an alternative text or a description link.

Physical limitations are manifold, and the points to be considered vary accordingly:

  • Accessible Internet for the Deaf: Information from audio files should also be available in text form.
  • Accessibility for the mentally handicapped: With the Easy Language of the Easy Language Network, there is a highly simplified German that enables comprehension. Site operators should also publish their texts in this form.
  • Barrier-free surfing for the physically impaired: Among other things, it is advisable to have sufficiently large click areas, as physically disabled people can hardly focus on small areas.

Special case: technical barriers

The problem of technical barriers affects all users. There is a lack of technical requirements to be able to access content. For example, if a website requires JavaScript, it excludes all users who do not use this script language.

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