The Accessibility Divide: The Visually-Impaired and Access to Online News

Davis, Joel J.
September 2003
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media;Sep2003, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p474
Academic Journal
This study evaluated the extent to which online news is accessible to visually-impaired individuals. The home pages of 69 online news sites (representing print newspapers, news magazines, national television/radio/cable networks, and Internet-only organizations) were evaluated for accessibility in June 2002 and March 2003. Findings indicate that accessibility was nearly nonexistent in 2002 (where only 3% of sites' home pages were completely accessible) and little improved in 2003 (where only 7% were completely accessible). Analyses of reasons preventing access indicate that accessibility could be greatly improved if relatively simple design and coding changes were implemented. Recommendations for improvement are discussed.


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