Access and Accessibility

Encouraging greater Access to information is fundamental to the Web. Ensuring Access takes work, and puts a greater burden on developers and content providers. But focusing on access offers the potential for far greater application for information.

For that reason, the term accessibility is often used with disdain. I prefer to use the word Access, and to think of it as a mindset of ensuring that any user or user-agent or device can make use of the content that I offer. It is about ensuring that users may gain access to information without respect to impairment: e.g. vision, hearing, browser, device, etc.