Access by everyone regardless of disability:
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect." -- Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and Inventor of the World Wide Web
Magnitude of visual impairment by the World Health Organization:
"Globally, in 2002 more than 161 million people were visually impaired of whom 124 million had low vision and 37 million were blind. However, refractive errors as a cause of visual impairment was not included, which implies that the actual global magnitude of visual impairment is greater."
"Worldwide for each blind person, an average of 3.4 people has low vision, with country and regional variation ranging from 2.2 to 5.5."
Accesibility was one of the main drivers for this free digital library design and development. It was necessary to perform a research for available standards and guidelines, such as the "Website Accessibility Initiative (WAI)", published in 1999 by the "World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)".
Particularly valuable were two documents by Aries Arditi from http://www.lighthouse.org about:
Making Text Legible - Designing for People with Partial Sight
Effective Color Contrast - Designing for People with Partial Sight and Color Deficiencies
Michael Hart in 1971 envisioned a future where all people would have access to computers, and conceived the creation of a literature repository available for everyone. This repository became a reality and was given the name of Project Gutenberg.
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