Digital barriers worse than architectural onesby Ivano Abbadessa - 2015.07.27
It seems paradoxical, but today the Internet is the main architectural barrier for the disabled because the majority of sites continue to be inaccessible. This is confirmed by a study conducted in Spain by José Miguel Moren, a web consultant with a disability. He analysed in detail the accessibility of 85 websites owned by major Spanish companies and public institutions. The result was very disappointing. Of the 66 entities examined, including the Senate, several municipalities, the Civil Guard, the State Railways (Renfe), criteria for accessibility, which are required by Spanish law, were not met or were in need of substantial improvement. This is a real paradox, according to Miguel Moren, given that in 2015 no architect would dream of designing a building without taking into account disability accessibility. Yet, in the age of the Internet, you can't say the same when building a web page.
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