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Accessible websites help you broaden the target audience by meeting guidelines set by organizations such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
These websites can be easily accessed by users with disabilities (who use assistive technologies, such as screen readers to work with web pages) and by users with text-only browsers or software that interprets web page content (included in mobile devices, for instance). Accessible design also enables automation tools - such as search engines - to find, index and work seamlessly with this information. In addition, accessible web applications benefit all users, not just those with disabilities.
The guidelines for creating accessible applications are published by various organizations that provide recommendations (e.g., W3C's WCAG 2.0 (level AA) and WAI-ARIA) or government standards (e.g., the U.S. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; see Section 508: Guide to the Standards for more details).
Support for Accessibility in DevExpress Web Controls
DevExpress web controls can help you create web pages that conform to accessibility guidelines. The following topics provide information about different aspects of accessibility support within web controls.
- Web Accessibility in DevExpress ASP.NET Controls and MVC Extensions
- Controls and Extensions Exposing the AccessibilityCompliant Property
- Accessibility Best Practices
- DevExpress: Section 508 and Web Accessibility Compliance
- DevExpress ASP.NET Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
Additional Web Resources
Accessible web application development requires an understanding of how ASP.NET and web server controls support accessibility. See the following MSDN topics to learn more.