Making your site accessible
Back in the early days of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said:
“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
The web of today is an important resource in many aspects of life such as health care, education, or commerce. Accessibility is an important consideration when building for the web.
Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. But not only people with permanent disabilities benefit from it. Accessibility also benefits people with temporary disabilities. For example imagine being in an environment where you cannot listen to audio or if you had a broken arm.
Accessibility supports social inclusion for everyone, and has a strong business case.
While ultimately it’s up to you to develop your site with accessibility in mind, Gatsby aims to provide as much out-of-the-box support as possible.
One of the most common features of every site is navigation. People should be able to navigate across your pages and content in an intuitive and accessible way.
That’s why every Gatsby site has an accessible navigation experience by default.
Accessibility by default is a win for everyone. Learn more about web accessibility in general:
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