Useability vs. Accessibility

Recently I read an article, Usability vs. Accessibility which was included  in the December issue of the WebAim newsletter.

The  article discusses the two concepts usability and accessibility as they pertain to websites and website design.  Although I thought the writing style was clunky and not particularly readable, especially by a non-techie, the author made some important points, with the most concise and pertinent point being  this one:

. . .Usability is mostly about the methods of making the navigation more facile while accessibility is about making the navigation possible for everyone. The difference is simple: a usable website is “user-friendly” while an accessible website is “all users-friendly.”

Food for thought indeed.



WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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