Web Accessibility Facts & Figures
Having text-based content is
becoming more important with the growth of Personal Digital Assistants
and with Web site content being delivered to cell phones.
According to the WAP (Wireless
Application Protocol) Forum, which governs WAP technology's development,
WAP users will number nearly 100 million by year's end.
By 2004, according to the
Cahners In-Stat Group, the number of surfers accessing the Web via cell
phones or PDAs will reach 743 million globally.
than three-quarters of Finns own a mobile device (compared to 32% in
the U.S.); in Japan, one-third of the country's 27 million Internet
users go online using a cell phone. The U.S. is jumping on the bandwidth
By 2003, according to IDC (provider of information technology industry
analysis, market data,
etc.), the number of Americans with Web-enabled phones will quintuple
-- from 8 million to 40 million. -- The Industry Standard grok,
According to the Lighthouse National Survey on Vision Loss, 13.5 million
people over the age of 45 report some kind of impaired vision, even
wearing corrective lenses. By the year 2010, when the last of the baby
boomers turns 45, the figure will grow to 20 million. The survey concluded
that vision loss is a major public health issue and will demand even
more attention as our population continues to age.
The National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute estimates
more than three million Americans have low vision, almost one million
are "legally blind," and roughly 200,000 are totally blind.