Access 8878: Web Accessibility - Code of Practice

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Platform

The web has moved on from being just about computers. Now we can access the web from virtually anywhere, and a whole new range of devices are allowing us to get online.

Today's advances in platform web capabilities mean that you'll need to make decisions about the types of technology that your web product will run on. You can design for computers and leave the rest to chance, or take steps to ensure that people using their Mobile phone or Nintendo Wii are able to access your pages in between making a call or playing Mario Kart.

For convenience, BS 8878 groups platform technologies into 4 different types based on screen size, user proximity, resolution etc:

  • Computers
  • Mobile devices
  • Games consoles
  • IPTV

The table below provides a very general comparison of the differences between platforms:

Platform Example Screen resolution Example Screen size Viewing distance input Typical environment
Computer (desktop, laptop, netbook) 1024 x 768 17 inches 12 inches Keyboard / mouse Solitary usage, home or office
Mobile Device (mobile phone, PDA, tablet) 320 x 480 3.5 inches 6 inches Touch-screen, track pad or multi-directional buttons Solitary usage, anywhere
Games console (Playstation, Xbox, Wii) 800 x 600 28 inches Over 6 feet Gamepad or Wii remote type control solitary or group usage at home
IPTV (web TV, web set-top boxes) 800 x 600 28 inches Over 6 feet TV type remote control solitary or group usage at home

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