Myth #6: Accessible sites are ugly

Accessibility on the web means making your content available to users with different skills and devices. A key requirement of web accessibility is to separate content (HTML) from visual appearance (CSS) in order to allow those preferring – or requiring – to use their own specific style sheet to access the content.

Since the visual appearance of a site is defined by style sheets, accessibility in itself should not have any impact on visual design.


Great examples of beautiful yet fully accessible websites:

  • CSS Zen garden
  • The White House
  • Campaignmonitor

Further reading on accessibility vs. visual design:

  • Web strategist Paul Boag explains how accessible sites can still be visually appealling.
  • Accessibility specialist front-end developer Roger Johansson claims that “accessibility does not mean removing all colour and graphics”.
  • A quick guide on how to make your web site accessible without ruining the visual design.