Why should you make your e-commerce site accessible?

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There are people who need it.

Ponder this...

15% of the world's population have disabilities that impact their ability to use the internet

18% of the U.S. population is impacted.

1.3 billion people in the world have vision issues.

There may be financial repercussions.

Loss of sales

Lawsuits

So,what is accessibility?

It is providing all users with the ability to use and benefit from all technologies. This not only means access to websites, learning courses, and software, but also re-design of entire computer systems. It also includes the use of transportation, environmental re-design and communication devices. In this class, we focus on web and learning course accessibility. Content should be available to everyone, and its functionality must be able to be operated by anyone.

What is a11y?

It is an abbreviation for accessibility that stems from the software engineering convention of shortening words by taking the first and last letters of the word and substituting a number for the number of letters in between the first and last. There are 11 letters between the "a" and the "y," so accessibility becomes a11y.


Which countries have policies about accessibility?

This is a link to a chart that lists accessibility policies for approximately forty countries.