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Accessibility (19 links)

More General Topic(s): Strategic (22)

Universal access by blind, deaf and other users with special needs.

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How not to make your site accessible

Topic: Bad Design (12)
Destination: IBM (9)
Author: Seebach, Peter (2)
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March 28, 2001


Colorblindness and Usability

Destination: WebWord (25)
Author: Follansbee, Todd (1)
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February 10, 2001


Fed Opens Web to Disabled,1283,40790,00.html

Topic: News (20)
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December 21, 2000


Locking Out the Disabled
Access is not so hard.

PCWorld article by Judy Heim. Has an excellent ending section on how to learn more about web accessibility.

Topic: News (20)
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August 9, 2000


Links to Accessibility Resources
Via The HCI Bibliography, for SIGCAPH.

Topic: Link Collections (21)
Destination: ACM (14)
Author: Perlman, Gary (7)
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March 3, 2000


Disabled Accessibility: The Pragmatic Approach

Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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June 13, 1999


HTML Writers Guild's AWARE Center

Destination: AWARE (3)
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May 28, 1999


Web Interface Design Issues: Usability
Presentation introducing usability and accessibility.

Includes parts of a Microsoft presentation demonstrating how inaccessible design looks on a text-only browser.

By Marion Summerville, for 3/24/99 DC Web Women meeting.

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May 3, 1999


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines for universal access to web content.

The guidelines help to make content accessible to people with disabilities:

  • Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content.
  • Don't rely on color alone.
  • Use markup and style sheets properly.
  • Clarify natural language usage
  • Create tables that transform gracefully.
  • Ensure that pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully.
  • Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes.
  • Ensure direct accessibility of embedded user interfaces.
  • Design for device-independence.
  • Use interim solutions.
  • Use W3C technologies and guidelines.
  • Provide context and orientation information.
  • Provide clear navigation mechanisms.
  • Ensure that documents are clear and simple.

Information on themes, conformance and priorities are also given. WAI is a W3C initiative. On March 24, 1999, became a "proposed recommendation".

Topic: Comprehensive Guidelines (7)
Destination: World Wide Web Consortium (8)
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April 11, 1999


Trace Center on Designing More Usable Web Sites

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April 4, 1999


IBM Web Accessibility Guidelines

Destination: IBM (9)
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March 25, 1999


NCAM Web Access Project
Researches, develops and tests methods of integrating access technologies into the Web.

National Center for Accessible Media's Web Access Project has developed the Web Access Symbol and methods to create captioned and audio-described QuickTime movie clips.

The Web Access Symbol may be used by webmasters to denote that their site contains accessibility features to accommodate the needs of disabled users.

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October 31, 1997


Assets '98
April 15-17, California, USA.

Topics included using Web technology to enhance communication for people with disabilities.

Sponsored by the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computers and the Physically Handicapped.

Topic: Past Events (48)
Destination: ACM (14)
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October 1, 1997


Compatibility and Accessibility
All Things Web index of articles on accessibility.

Technical tips on more accessible pages, effective ALT, and designing for accessibility covered.

Destination: All Things Web (11)
Author: Sullivan, Terry (12)
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September 16, 1997


People with Disabilities Can't Access the Web!
On the production of electronic documents for people with disabilities.

By Mike Paciello. Article in the Advancing HTML: Style and Substance issue of the WWW Journal.

Sections: Access Systems for People with Disabilities, Identifying Key Issues in Information Accessibility, Successful Solutions, Available Resources.

Destination: WWW Journal (5)
Author: Paciello, Michael (1)
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September 15, 1997


Check pages to see how accessible they are to people with disabilities.

Finds missing ALT tags and many other cases that limit access by some users. Also finds compatibility problems with different browsers. Can download the source code and run on your own machine.

Topic: Tools (15)
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August 28, 1997


Directory of disability-related Internet resources.

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April 24, 1997


Accessible Design for Users With Disabilities
Designing to accomodate visual, auditory, motor and cognitive disabilities.

December, 1996, Alertbox about using HTML to convey meaning rather than appearance to make sites more accessible to disabled users. Includes impact of visual, auditory, motor, cognitive disabilities.

Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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October 2, 1996


Examples of Accessible (and Inaccessible) Web Design
Lots of examples on letting every one reach your content.

Has examples for:

  • every image should have good ALT text
  • separate block of ALT text
  • use simple ALT text for simple images
  • proper use of image maps
  • make link text descriptive but brief
  • use link text that can stand alone
  • provide good keyboard navigation
  • provide alternatives to controls and applets
  • provide alternatives to tables and frames
  • don't assume your formatting will be seen
  • don't require the use of style sheets

Destination: HFWeb Proceedings (13)
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September 16, 1996

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