For many people the Web has become a primary resource for recreation, socialising, shopping, research, education and other aspects of life. Being ‘online’ can offer so much that we can feel a little lost without it and it can be hard to remember or imagine life before it.
The Web has also transformed how The National Archives’ services are used by the public. Every month millions of people access our digital services – whether using Discovery to explore our catalogue and the catalogues of other archives; seeking information from our website; using the UK Government Web Archive to access archived government websites or legislation.gov.uk to read the law.
The web is meant to be for everyone
An important part of why the Web can provide so much for so many people results from it being an inclusive platform. The underlying technologies are designed to cater for huge differences in hardware, software, language, culture and location.
It’s like Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, tweeted during the opening ceremony for London 2012: ‘This is for everyone’.
This design also allows the Web to offer unprecedented access to information and interaction for many disabled people, enabling them to overcome accessibility barriers to traditional print, audio and visual media.
The Web is broken
The bad news is that, despite this potential, most of the web has accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for many disabled people to use the web. Continue reading »