oa South African Journal of Information Management - Accessibility of South African Web sites to visually disabled users

Volume 7 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



This article reports on an investigation into the accessibility of South African Web sites to visually disabled users. The research was conducted on two fronts: Firstly, questionnaires were sent to South African Web content developers to investigate their awareness of internationally used accessibility guidelines and to find out whether or not these guidelines were being followed. Secondly, the Web sites developed by the Web content developers who responded to the questionnaires were tested by means of the 'Bobby test' to assess accessibility. The preliminary findings of the research indicated that there was a general lack of awareness of accessibility guidelines among Web content developers and that South African Web sites are generally not accessible to visually disabled users.

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