There are a number
of issues to consider to ensure your web site is accessible to the widest
- as long as your site is designed to work properly in Microsoft IE4
(or higher) and Netscape 6 (or higher), which is not difficult, then
<95% of users should be able to use it.
- Apple computer (Macs etc) are different to all other PCs. Less than
10% (and declining) of the world use them, but if you want to ensure
Mac users see your site the way you expect, then ensure you view the
finished version on a Mac as well as a PC.
Download speed -
most domestic consumers and many business users are impatient, have
slow speed dial up access, or both, so keep you pages short and you
download time quick, otherwise they will never get seen.
Filters - avoid
using words or content that might offend, or be unsuitable for children.
If you do, then you could find yourself filtered out or blacklisted
by family filters or company firewalls.
there is increasing legislation and community pressure to ensure that
web sites allow access to partially sited people. For more information
consult the RNIB. Some very simple steps can
be taken, without any significant cost or design compromise by following
the code of practice published by the World Wide