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Re: Webdesign: physically disabled visitors

On Fri, 16 Dec 2005, chlori wrote:

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Stealing the links from my HTML Sampler page,
The "Any Browser" Campaign:
    Designing an Accessible Web Site:
    Validation and Accessibility Checking:

and reformatting for Usenet (note, I haven't checked for visits by the
404 Fairy for some time so can't guarantee that all of the links will

The "Any Browser" Campaign:

Best Viewed With Any Browser:
    http://www.anybrowser.org/campaign /
Dehanced for Lynx:
Why Does Lynx do that?
"This page optimized for ..." - arguing with customers:

You may wish to consider how your page can be accessed by the visually
impaired.  (Note that anything you do to make your site more accessable
for the blind will probably make your site rank higher in search-engines.
Search-engines such as AltaVista don't index on images but on text.  A web
page full of nothing but pictures and links using images as labels with no
ALT text is not only a problem for the blind but will also have no text
content for search-engines to index.)  Design considerations for
accessible Web pages are provided by these sites:

Dive Into Accessibility:
    http://www.fixingyourwebsite.com/DiveIntoAccessibility /
includes downloadable version of the site so you can have a local copy:
Download as HTML (zipped):
Download as PDF (zipped):

Designing an Accessible Web:
National Center for Accessible Media.
The RNIB's Guide to Accessible Web page design:
RNIB: Web accessibility:
RNIB: Web Access Centre - Useful links:
RNIB: Web access centre:
http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/PublicWebsite/public_webaccesscentre.hcsp ">

The second most comprehensive list of Web Accessibility sites I have found
so far:
ACCESS, Access, access:
Google Search: "cathy anne murtha", (a blind user who has made
accessibility training a profitable business):

Usability Guidelines: Web Design for Users With Disabilities
    http://www.nngroup.com/reports/accessibility /

Make Your Website Accessible
A-Prompt Project Web Accessibility Verifier
    http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca /
Jim Lubin's site includes, in his "disABILITY Information and Resources"
section, more information than even the link above on the topic of
Accessible Web Page Design
Text-friendly authoring
    http://ppewww.ph.gla.ac.uk/~flavell/alt /
WAI Accessibility Guidelines: Page Authoring
WAI Guidelines: Page Authoring. [alternate location]
    http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-WAI-PAGEAUTH /
WAI Resource: HTML 4.0 Accessibility Improvements
IBM Accessibility
Accessibility Tips from htmlhelp.org:
Accessibility Guidelines Implementation Project:
The Speech Friendly Web Ring:
W3C Accessibility Developments:
    http://www.w3.org/WAI/References /
Web Enabled: The Web Accessibility Initiative (Web Techniques, October 1997)
Best Viewed With Any Browser: Accessible Site Design
Viewable with Any Browser: Links:
Articles on website standards, site usability & user interface design:
    http://www.siliconglen.com/usability /
The Dive Into Accessibility site not only has accessibility tips arranged
by browser, accessibility category, and disability but it also includes
links to download the whole site contents in PDF or HTML format so you can
have a local copy for off-line reference (see above)
    http://diveintoaccessibility.org /

There is now a newsgroup dedicated to the topic of accessable web
that may be worth checking out as a good place to ask (or answer)
questions about designing accessable web sites.  Other newsgroups that
may be of interest are:

Validation and Accessibility Checking:

See what your site looks like with the Lynx text-only
Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer:
Lynx Viewer:
See Lynx for yourself via telnet.  In particular, the Public
Lynx at:
(login as "guest" (without the quotes) and just press the <Enter>
key if prompted for a password)  allows you to use the 'g' (go) command to
go to user-specified URLs and you can go directly to your site with that.
Most other public versions of lynx disable user-specified URLs for guest
logins -- although their website may have a link to search-engines
somewhere that you may be able to use to get to your site.

CAST: Bobby:
    http://www.cast.org/bobby /

There should be something there that is usable.

Norman De Forest      http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~af380/Profile.html
af380@chebucto.ns.ca   [=||=]  (At the Sign of the Flashing Cursor)
"Oh how I miss the days when it was easier to catch gonorhea than a
computer virus."       -- Big Will in alt.comp.virus, March 9, 2005

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Suddenly, without warning, chlori exclaimed (16-Dec-05 12:17 PM):
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I maintain a us gov't website, so my web has to meet Section 508
guidelines; I also teach some simple techniques in the web authoring
class I teach.  A tool I use which tests for W3C accessibility
guidelines is called Bobby, but I think it's changed names.  I tried to
find it on the web, but only found this:

http://webxact.watchfire.com /

I haven't tested it.

I think this is a good article on why we should all consider
accessibility when building our pages:


IMHO, if you build a useable, user-friendly site, it will almost
automatically be mostly accessible.

Here's the W3C site:  http://www.w3.org/WAI /

In here, is a checklist of things to look at:


Hope this helps!


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that is totally awesome!!! i've done some similar work and found it to be
THE MOST REWARDING thing i've done on the web. or we've done. or everybody
else did and i got to brag about it. whatever.

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wow. i've never considered the mentally handicapped user group.

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there's a LOT of information to go through. fortunately, most of it is
redundant. WAI and WCAG are good starting points. here's a collection of
some of my other favorites:

http://dataspheric.com/directory/index.php ?

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something that included:

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Isn't the politically correct term "webmasters"?

  If we're losing 40-130 species a day,
  How come nobody can itemize them?
  And why can't fruitflies be one of them?

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Pondering the eternal question of "Hobnobs or Rich Tea?", trevor finally

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There are a number of points in the WCAG checklist that apply to mental
disabilities, but two jump out at me. Avoid distracting elements (eg.
moving things) and try to keep the language used as simple as possible
without losing any the meaning.

Dylan Parry
http://webpageworkshop.co.uk -- FREE Web tutorials and references

Disclaimer: This post does not represent the opinion of me or my cats.

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Have you not? Take a look around.....



The Probert Encyclopaedia - Beyond Britannica

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http://joeclark.org/book/sashay/serialization is still a good read

Although oddly he seems to have re-worked the site recently and actually
introduced a few accessibility problems.

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