This chapter helps you get started improving your website to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new barriers.
Web accessibility basically means that people with disabilities can use the Web.
And most web software tools are not sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities, making it difficult or impossible for them to contribute to the Web. Many millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the Web.
Web accessibility is about removing those barriers so that people with disabilities can use and contribute to the Web.
People with quadriplegia who cannot move their arms or legs can shop online to get groceries, gadgets, and gifts delivered.
People who cannot speak can participate in online discussions, such as through blog comments.
Nerd Fonts is a project that patches developer targeted fonts with a high number of glyphs (icons).
Specifically to add a high number of extra glyphs from popular ‘iconic fonts’ such as Font Awesome, Devicons, Octicons, and others.
An alternative text equivalent provides the same functional information in text as the image provides visually.
However, this possibility is not reality throughout the Web.
The problem is that most websites have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for many people with disabilities to use them.
For example, a key principle of web accessibility is designing websites that are flexible to meet different user needs.
This flexibility also increases general usability and lets people without disabilities use websites according to their preferences, such as using whichever browser they want and using keyboard shortcuts.