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Accessibility Design (7 Links)

  1. Accessible by Design
    by Anitra Pavka, April 2002.
    This article gives an overview of good web and accessibility design.
     
  2. Accessibility and Your Website
    by David Egan and Joanna Widdows, National Library for the Blind, October 2000.
    These slides look at some of the myths regarding accessibility.
     
  3. Accessibility From the Ground Up: A Primer for the Web Designer
    by Matt May, 20 January 2005.
    This article in Digital Web Magazine, gives a brief overview of web accessibility and the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0.
     
  4. How People with Disabilities use the Web
    This document, from the W3C, describes some of the requirements of people with disabilities, when using web sites and web-based applications.
     
  5. Mardiros Usable Web Sites.
    Various articles on accessible web design by Carmen Mardiros, including articles on Flash, navigation, "liquid design" and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
     
  6. The Web Should Net All
    by Jakob Nielsen, January 2003.
    This article discusses why web sites should be accessible.
     
  7. Thirty-Something (Million): Should They Be Exceptions?
    by G C Vanderheiden, 1990.
    This American article examines the advantages of accessible design.
     

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e-Books (1 Link)

  1. Towards Accessible e-Book Platforms (PDF Format, 702Kb).
    by TechDis, April 2010.
    A good practice guide for publishers of e-books.

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Universal Design (1 Link)

  1. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Technology and Universal Design.
    DO-IT has an extensive collection of publications, videotapes, and resources concerning electronic and information technology and universal design.

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Usability (7 Links)

  1. AnitraPavka - Accessible Usable Design
    A weblog with various news items and events relating to accessibility.
     
  2. Guidelines for Writing Usable and Accessible Web Content
    by University of Bristol.
    These guidelines provide concise information with examples on on writing usable and accessible web content.
     
  3. HCD Harmful? A Clarification
    by Don Norman, 2005.
    This brief (2 page) essay explains why HCD (Human Centred Design) can be considered harmful, and offers suggestions as to how error messages, for example, could be handled to improve usability.
     
  4. Keep It Simple: Accessibility and Usability
    by Peter-Paul Koch for Digital Web Magazine, February 2004.
    This article discusses the differences between accessibility and usability.
     
  5. Usability.gov Guidelines
    These Guidelines were developed to assist website authors to design their sites based on quantified, peer-reviewed evidence.
     
  6. useit.com (Jakob Nielsen's website).
    Website promoting simple and usable information design.
     
  7. What Is Usability?
    by Donna Maurer, November 2004.
    An introduction to usability and why it is important.

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Web Accessibility Guides (16 Links)

  1. Access All WWW Areas: What Webdesigners Should Know About Web Accessibility (HTML Format)
    Access All WWW Areas: What Webdesigners Should Know About Web Accessibility (PDF Format - 6Mb)
    by the Accessibility Foundation, Zeist, 2004.
    This document covers the advantages of accessible design, the use of standards, legislation and an explanation of 16 of the most important WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) checkpoints.
     
  2. Building Accessible Websites (Online Book).
    by Joe Clark, New Riders Publishing, updated April 2007.
    This book covers images, multimedia, text, navigation, tables, style-sheets and forms.
     
  3. Building Accessible Web Sites in Seven Steps.
    by Karen Solomon, TechSoup, April 2002.
    This article is a quick guide for developers and includes brief guidelines on retrofitting a website for accessibility.
     
  4. Dive Into Accessibility: 30 Days to a More Accessible Website.
    This site gives a list of tips on creating accessible website.
     
  5. Experiences Implementing Web Accessibility Guidelines in IBM
    by Phill Jenkins, IBM.
    This article looks at some of the experiences of implementing accessibility elements by IBM and includes a short list of guidelines.
     
  6. Guidelines for Accessible and Usable Websites: Observing Users who Work with Screen Readers
    by Mary Theofanes, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Janice Redish, Redish and Associates Inc. 2003.
    A list of guidelines which explain how web accessibility can be improved for screen reader users.
     
  7. Guidelines for Writing Accessible On-line Help
    by Will Reed, Everyl Yankee and Wendi Fornoff, with Deborah Murray, April 2003.
    This article gives guidelines on writing on-line help for blind and visually impaired users of web-based content.
     
  8. Introduction to Web Accessibility (TechDis Staff Pack).
    "These training materials provide an introduction to the issues facing disabled people when accessing materials on the web. They also give an overview of the disability legislation in relation to website development.
     
  9. Irish National Disability Authority IT Accessibility Guidelines.
    Includes guidelines for accessible web design, public access terminals, telecoms, and application software.
     
  10. Isolani - Accessibility and Web Standards Evangelism.
    A blog with short articles and news items relating to accessibility.
     
  11. Levelling the Road Ahead: Guidelines for the Creation of WWW Pages Accessible to Blind and Visually Handicapped Users
    by Judith Dixon, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
    This article gives some guidelines on creating accessible web pages.
     
  12. Web Accessibility for Section 508
    by Jim Thatcher.
    A free online tutorial on web accessibility and Section 508.
     
  13. WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind).
    This website contains tutorials and a wide range of resources. The WebAIM Discussion List has discussions about a range of web accessibility issues.
     
  14. Web Publishing Guide
    by University of Bath, October 2005.
    This guide provides information about why a website should be made accessible, recommendations on making web content accessible, and how to evaluate the accessibility of web content.
     
  15. Web Style Guide
    by Sarah Horton and Patrick Lynch.
    This guide covers many general web design issues including accessibility, interface design, site design, page design, typography, style, graphics and multimedia.
     
  16. Web Standards Group.
    The web standards group is for web developers who are interested in standards, best practices and accessibility. It has features, a discussion list, podcasts and resources.

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