As the Internet constantly evolves with technology, speed and the desire to provide a stimulating experience, it is not always easily adaptable to those who search only occasionally or have disabilities through hearing, eyesight, technology or others. It is important to remember the need to create and post content with all searchers in mind, regardless whether we feel they will be potential customers or followers of our content.
WebAxe, a blog and podcast on web accessibility, answers it this way:
An accessible web page makes all pertinent content available to any human user who wants it regardless of browsing technology. Web accessibility benefits more than people with a disability; keep in mind that a user may be temporarily disabled or using older technology.
The W3C’s definition says:
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.
The search form is a critical aspect of a website’s functionality, easily allowing the visitor to search the site for information. According to the W3C’s specifications on search forms: Continue reading Web Accessibility: The Search Form