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Accessible websites follow guidelines set by technical standard organizations (such as the World Wide Web Consortium - W3C) to provide barrier-free access to users with disabilities.
These websites can easily be accessed by disabled users who utilize assistive technologies (e.g., screen readers that work with web pages) and by users with text-only browsers or software that interprets web page content (e.g., assistive technology found in mobile devices). 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.
Guidelines for accessible applications are published by various organizations. Some organizations provide recommendations (e.g., W3C's WCAG 2.0 (level AA) and WAI-ARIA), while others set 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 Components
DevExpress web components 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 MVC Extensions
- MVC 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.