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Creating accessible web pages and web-based applications can be a simple process when addressed early in the design and planning stages. Whether it is building wireframe examples for web pages, publishing videos, or authoring electronic documents, incorporating accessibility principles and techniques during the creation period can ensure the final product is usable to a wider audience.

Web pages should be designed and developed in such a way to provide access to the widest population available, including individuals with disabilities. Conducting accessibility evaluations using automated tools and manual accessibility checks can aid in that development process to ensure the completed versions meets and exceeds accessibility standards.

Accessibility evaluation and review tools provide different benefits and advantages for reviewing web interfaces and content. Site-wide evaluation tools can spider through websites and offer a broad perspective as to accessibility issues throughout the site. In contrast, Web browser tools can target accessibility errors at a single-page level.

Remember - automated accessibility tools are limited to evaluating technical criteria and do not provide a complete assessment as a web page’s level of accessibility. A multi-pronged approach involving tools, manual accessibility checks, and testing with assistive technologies will offer a more comprehensive assessment as to how accessible a website may be to individuals with disabilities.

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