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Digital Accessibility Terminology

    Creator: CDP Communications Inc.

    Date Updated: March 27, 2024


    This primer from CDP Communications Inc. introduces key terminology related to digital accessibility, focusing on web and document accessibility. The primer covers outline general terms, compliance standards, accommodation approaches, and formatting content for accessibility, alongside highlighting the significance of assistive technologies and legal frameworks. It is a comprehensive guide for those new to the field of digital accessibility.

    The information on this page is summarized from the Digital Accessibility Terminology webpage.

    Quick Facts

    The terminology covers the difference between usability, compliance, auditing and user testing. It also explains some of the commonly known regulations, frameworks, and standards, including their acronyms like:

    • WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
    • AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
    • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

    Additionally, it covers the different types of accommodation approaches such as screen readers, close captioning, and alt text and resources on formatting content to work with those accommodations.

    Lastly, it covers what a print disability is and various disabilities where access to printed material is a challenge. This resource will be of particular interest to library staff getting started with their accessibility journey or who may need a refresher.

    For more information, check out the Digital Accessibility Terminology webpage.


    Cahais, A. (2023, July 5). Digital Accessibility Terminology. CDP Communications Inc.