Dec 04

Google Accessible Web Search for the Visually Impaired

Google accessible web search is a set of parameters that allow Google’s search engines to locate websites that are more appropriate for the use of visually impaired individuals.

Such individuals will need sites that can readily work with screen readers. For those that have motor impairments the accessible web search will allow them to navigate a page without the use of the mouse but rather command and function keys.

These are vitally important uses for the search engine to have for an impaired individual. If a website is too visually intense, than it will practically render a screen reader useless. If an individual that cannot grasp a mouse to use for navigation cannot navigate your pages, then you have lost a potential customer. Nobody wants to lose business. So how is you can make an all-accessible user friendly website?

Google’s accessible web search will optimize the findings for any given website based on the parameters that are acceptable for use by impaired individuals. This means, for one thing, that the heavily loaded pages with graphics, video, media and the like are more than likely going to rank low in the findings whilst pages with a basic amount of graphics or media and more type will rank higher. The more graceful your pages are at degradation, the better your chances are at being top of the line.

The bottom line is, when you create your website and its pages, make sure to be aware of simplicity couple with visually modest content as well as leaving out all extraneous clutter. You don’t have to repeat yourself constantly to make a point. Subsection headers are used on Google’s accessible web search result page to enable the user to easily scan for what they are in need of. Hotkeys are tested to make sure they remain true to form for use by impaired individuals. Keeping all of this in mind will ensure you high rankings.

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