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Web Access Symbol

Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) 0.75 inches Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) 0.917 inches Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) 1.0 inch Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) 1.5 inches Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) 2.0 inches

A globe, marked with a grid, tilts at an angle. A keyhole is cut into its surface.

The symbol should always be used with the following alt-text tag:
Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities)

The Web access symbol is also available via anonymous ftp at

The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is pleased to announce that the Web Access Symbol, shown above, is available for use! Chosen from among 17 symbols, this image may be used by webmasters to denote that their site contains accessibility features to accommodate the needs of disabled users. The symbol should always be accompanied by its description and alt-text tag. This image was created by Stormship Studios of Boston, Massachusetts.

There is no charge to use this symbol, and it may be used in electronic or printed form. Simply copy it from this page and paste it into your document. For assistance in designing accessible Web sites, check out the Web Accessibility Initiative's (WAI) Page-Authoring Guidelines. As the Web evolves, these guidelines will change to reflect new accessibility issues.

If you are responsible for Web page design, we hope that you will read and use the guidelines when designing your site, and use the Web Access Symbol and its accompanying text tag and description to indicate that you have made efforts to accommodate disabled Web surfers.

There isn't any way to guarantee that a site which uses the symbol will be 100% accessible, or was even designed following the guidelines. However, in the spirit of the Internet, we're leaving it up to Web surfers to let the webmasters know when a site is or is not accessible, and to offer suggestions for greater accessibility. Those who use the symbol should do so at their own discretion, understanding the goals of the growing group of people dedicated to making the Web useful for ALL.

Send comments to Geoff Freed at

The Web Access Project was originally made possible with generous funding from the Telecommunications Funding Partnership for People with Disabilities, and the Boston Foundation.

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