Accessibility appears to go in cycles where interest surrounding it rises and falls. It’s not that people forget about the importance of web accessibility, but that it’s viewed as such a large undertaking. It’s not simply about the implementation of an accessible website, but also the testing and design phases which make a fully accessible website a costly and daunting task.
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Although accessibility should be given the same consideration as both design and usability it’s often an afterthought, or implemented only on the clients request. For some freelancers and agencies the time and cost involved is something they cannot afford and a feature that many smaller clients are unwilling to pay for. All this combines to create a minefield for any web professional. So maybe it’s time to break it down a little and try a different approach.