This guide considers questions about online accessibility,
highlighting accessibility issues, standards and resources.
It complements the more detailed Design
guide elsewhere on this site.
contents of this guide
The following pages cover -
- an overview of key issues and background documents
- accessibility and anti-discrimination legislation,
of increasing importance in Australia and overseas
- WCAG, WAC, PAS 78 and other global online accessibility
standards and tools
and sizes - writing about online accessibility
and statistics on monitor sizes and other device questions
- government and other bodies concerned with web
- a basic list of points, derived from the W3C's Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines, for assessing barriers
to use of your site
- comments on accessible PDFs and other formats
politics of online
accessibility - justice, discrimination, advocacy and
cases - highlights of Australian litigation regarding
online accessibility ... or inaccessibility
- and some overseas cases
For those interested in questions of access to telecommunications
infrastructure and skills there is an introduction in
the Metrics & Statistics guide.
The supplementary Digital
Divides profile explores particular issues in more
detail, for example highlighting global and national access
initiatives and reports.
This site also features separate discussion of Australian
and overseas anti-discrimination
enactments and other Human
Rights legislation (including the UN Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Australia
in 2008), complementing a broader introduction to Australian
In Australia and other countries anti-discrimination law
requires web site owners to remove online barriers.
Irrespective of legal requirements, good accessibility
makes good sense for businesses, government agencies and
other site operators. In principle few can afford to exclude
people who are colour-blind, have old browsers
or a 'slow' connection to the web (around 40% of the online
population in Australia and New Zealand as of 2005) ...
although many clearly do.