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Accessible websites follow guidelines set by technical standard organizations (such as the World Wide Web Consortium - W3C) to allow users with disabilities to access websites.
Disabled users who utilize assistive technologies (for instance, screen readers that work with web pages) and users with text-only browsers or software that interprets web page content (for example, assistive technology found in mobile devices) can easily access these websites. Accessible design also enables automation tools - such as search engines - to find, index and work seamlessly with this information. Accessible web applications benefit all users, not just those with disabilities.
Various organizations publish guidelines for accessible applications. Some organizations give recommendations (for example, W3C’s WCAG 2.0 (level AA) and WAI-ARIA), while others set government standards (for instance, 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 explain the 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
Additional Web Resources
Accessible web application development requires an understanding of how ASP.NET and web server controls support accessibility. See the following topics to learn more: