How does accessible web design benefit all web users?

DO-IT Factsheet #1197
http://www.washington.edu/doit//articles?1197

There are many examples in society of innovations that were originally intended for people with disabilities but that have provided access benefits to all people (curb cuts and automatic door openers are two of the most common). Accessible web content is a similar innovation. Web content designed in a way that is accessible to people with disabilities additionally benefits many nondisabled users and often benefits all users. Following are specific examples:

People access the web using a growing variety of technologies, customized with a growing variety of possible preferences and configurations. People with disabilities are included in this mix, but people without disabilities are included as well. By recognizing that this technological diversity exists and by developing web content that complies with standards such as the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines [3], web authors can ensure that their web sites are accessible to the broadest possible audience.

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