Information, web and IT

When we at Funka talk about accessible information most people instantly think about the Internet, but accessible information goes further than that. Both the communication of the information and the content itself should be accessible. Whether it is digital or printed doesn’t matter.

A few examples:

  • External websites
  • Brochures, protocols and other written material
  • Internal systems and intranets
  • Maps and signs
  • Technology and assistive technology, pedagogy/usability and understandability
  • Languages, sign language and especially protected languages
  • Different formats and applications such as html, pdf, script and RIA (Rich Internet Application)
  • Different ways to communicate the content such as images, illustrations, movies or text

The internet provides unique possibilities to make information and services accessible. For people who have mobility issues it can be very helpful to order merchandise over the internet. For people who has difficulty rendering themselves written text internet can be the difference between getting and not getting information – with assistive technology such as a speech synthesis blind and dyslectics alike can get text red back to them.

But in order for this to work websites need to be developed according to international standards and guidelines regarding accessibility – if done correctly the internet is a doorway to a new world. Those who fail to include accessibility when developing are at risk of excluding some people entirely from their website.