What is accessible design?

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An online document or tool is accessible when it can be easily understood by everyone, regardless of what browser or adaptive equipment he or she is using.

Another term for accessibility is universal design , and is the principle that any one document or tool can be accessed by any user regardless of the device (e.g. visual browser, screen reader, mobile device) he or she is using.

This tutorial was created to help Penn State Web developers and faculty develop or adapt Web-based course materials so that they are accessible, and to raise both faculty and staff’s awareness of disability-related issues as they affect teaching and learning with technology.