While developing a Flex application for the audience it is important that the Flex developer should consider the physically disabled. A few reasons why a Flex developer should do so have been disclosed by a developer at iFlexweb.
Online PR News – 20-July-2010 – – Web accessibility for Flex development has been cardinal since years but still very few Flex developers understand this or create Flex application which can be accessed by anyone. Accessibility of a Flex based rich internet application is not just limited to a fully able person but includes all those people who are physically disabled and use the computer. Hence it is vital for a Flex developer that the RIA developed using Flex can be accessed by all.
A person with physical disability needs support to overcome the shortcomings and move ahead in life. A Flex developer can extend support to these people by developing fully accessible applications but why a Flex developer should do so, of course out of courtesy to the society.
Other than that here are a few reasons to support why the Flex application should be accessible to all:
1) Internet has great earning potential for Flex developers. As per statistics it has been estimated that around 350 million people around the world have some or other disability. This would mean each year a website will lose 350 million people because of its non accessibility quotient.
2) Legislation in many countries requires that the web applications should have atleast some level of accessibility
3) Accessible website is easy for the spiders to crawl through and establish relevancy. This helps accessible sites improve their rankings on the search engine rankings page.
All these points definitely make some sense and today is the time to think about adding accessibility to a website. A Flex developer has more options to do so. This can be done by either modifying the flex-config.xml file, add configuration variable like -compiler.accessible or -accessible during the process, or if in case the flex application is already ready then append a query parameter.
“A Flex application so developed by a Flex developer will also ensure personal satisfaction when more visitors will start commenting on the accessibility of the application so prepared” commented Flex developer, iFlexweb.