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Will Web Design and Accessibility ever go Hand-in-Hand?

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It is a fact that W3C compliant sites employing solid web design techniques tend to be far more efficient, faster and compatible with a larger variety of browser media than their non-compliant counterparts, thus providing a better user experience all round.

This is becoming ever more important, espcially in view of the fact that FireFox now boasts a browser market-share of over 30%. Additionally, the use of compliant HTML code and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in a site’s architecture will provide a significant boost to its search engine friendliness.

It should be noted though that it will not actually have a direct effect on a site's search rankings.

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It has also been said that if W3C compliance standards were to be stringently implemented by browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer™, Mozilla Firefox and Opera™, upwards of 90% of existing web sites would be out of business overnight. And while this comment has drawn some sarcastic comments from less knowledgeable parts of the web design industry, those designers aware of looming European Union legislation have been quietly preparing for major changes during coming years.

The keyword is ‘Accessibility’.
Thus far, the needs of disabled Internet users (especially the visually impaired) have been largely ignored by the web design industry. Proposed European Union legislation, however, is preparing to implement major changes to laws governing disability access and disability discrimination, especially where these pertain to information stored on the World Wide Web. And although these changes are not likely to happen overnight, they are nevertheless hovering on the horizon like a threatening cloud, warning the web design community of an impending storm which is likely to sink any websites not anchored by solid web design techniques and compliant code.

A word to the wise, is all...
It is an ironic fact that the screen readers and text only browsers used by disabled web surfers most closely emulate the way in which search engine spiders perceive web sites, by isolating editorial content from the eye-candy which accompanies most web pages, and getting at the raw information.

Ergo, if a page is not usable by a human surfer using a text only browser, what chance does a search engine spider have of successfully indexing it?

This is where we arrive at search engines again, which according to statistics are the source for upwards of 80% of total traffic flow to any given site thus making them the single most important source of visitors on the Internet. And yet, by and large search engine spiders are being treated with the same disdain that the average web designer shows for disabled Internet users.

The web development community as a whole must accept that solid web design techniques, and strict adherence to W3C standards, are the only way forwards where the World Wide Web as a whole is concerned. Unfortunately though, this is not likely to happen until such time as the industry’s hand is forced by forthcoming legislation.

In the meantime, many online business owners are becoming disillusioned by the poor search engine performance of their sites without realising the root causes behind this. To find out what can be done about this, please contact us.

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