This tutorial addresses three common myths about web accessibility.

There are three common myths about web accessibility:

Myth #1: Accessible websites are boring and ugly.
One needs only visit the gallery of sites available at ( to see that websites designed according to web accessibility principles and web standards can be just as visually appealing as any other website.

Myth #2: We have a text-only page, our website is accessible. In the past, people with disabilities tended to distrust the text-only versions of websites because these text-only versions were not frequently updated to reflect the content on the main site. While there are now automated means for keeping the main site and its text-only version synchronized, the practice of using a text-only version to make a website accessible is now deprecated. This means that it is no longer a best practice for accessibility. A better option is to build accessibility into the main site from the start and make a text-only version unnecessary.

Myth #3: The 100% accessible website. Due to the wide range of disabilities that must be accommodated on the web, no website can be completely accessible. Instead, accessibility occurs on a continuum, and websites are neither 100% accessible nor 100% inaccessible. The goal, however, is to make each website as accessible as possible so that it can be used by the greatest number of people.

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