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Accessibility : Best practices


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Date
  
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Developer
  


  
03/06/07
  
Colorblindness - A Usability Guide for Commercial Applications, Part 1
  
Anthony Mitchell
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Ten percent of men but less than one percent of women are estimated to have some form of colourblindness. Identifying opportunities to make products usable by as many people as possible, is not always well understood or practiced.

  
03/01/06
  
Big Button Report misses the point?
  
accessify.com
  
Articles and White Papers
  
The report by Serena Thomson - a degree student at the University of British Columbia - attempts to give a fairly reasonable overview of the issues surrounding users with disabilities and corporate web sites.

  
02/27/06
  
Derek Featherstone Interview
  
Carolyn Wood
  
Quotes, Interviews and Expert Advice
  
This week, we crack Derek Featherstone’s playbook for his best accessibility tips—from evaluating features with disabled users to creating micro-layouts and marking up links. Jump in and find out what’s up Feather’s sleeve in 2006.

  
02/06/06
  
Seven Accessibility Mistakes (Part 2)
  
Christian Heilmann
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Christian Heilmann wraps up his survey of seven common accessibility project mistakes. Find out why you should avoid trying to improve browsers with text-resizing buttons and why the most important client is not your own.

  
01/31/06
  
Seven Accessibility Mistakes (Part 1)
  
Christian Heilmann
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Everyone makes mistakes. Avoid fatal flaws by learning about the top seven ways designers and clients contribute to inaccessible Web sites. In the first part of a two-part series, you’ll find out how taking too much responsibility and planning for only the direst of circumstances can undermine your accessibility project.

  
10/07/05
  
Interview with Matt May
  
Accessibility.com
  
Quotes, Interviews and Expert Advice
  
Matt May, a web accessibility specialist discusses his time at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

  
08/01/05
  
Color Theory for the Color-Blind
  
Mario Parise
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Whether you're color blind or designing for users who might be, the challenges of working on and using the Web are a matter of contrast. Mario Parise takes us through the logic and science of picking a palette that makes your important content readable without destroying that inspiring color scheme.

  
02/15/05
  
JavaScript and Accessibility. Pt. 1
  
Jonathan Fenocchi
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Welcome to the year 2005! If you've been wondering if you'll see less JavaScript with the increased awareness of web standards and W3C compliance, think again.

  
01/30/05
  
An Accessibility Frontier: Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties
  
Roger Hudson, Russ Weakley and Peter Firminger
  
Articles and White Papers
  
The aim of this paper is to offer some ideas on how websites might more effectively meet the needs of people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties.

  
01/11/05
  
Big, Stark & Chunky
  
Joe Clark
  
Articles and White Papers
  
You’ve designed for the screen and made provision for blind, handheld, and PDA browser users. But what about low-vision people? Powered by CSS, “zoom” layouts convert wide, multicolumn web pages into low-vision-friendly, single column designs. Accessibility maven Joe Clark explores the rationale and methods behind zoom layouts. Board the zoom train now!

  
10/25/04
  
Web accessibility – Keeping your users in mind
  
Nettie Hartsock
  
Articles and White Papers
  
When it comes to the Internet, if you're willing, you can truly take the extra step of "universal design" in regard to accessibility by being aware of your visitors and their challenges.

  
09/15/04
  
Accessibility Issues Make A Difference
  
Scottie Claiborne
  
Articles and White Papers
  
You often read advice from industry experts along the lines of "using tags as they were meant to be used" and limiting your use of advanced programming techniques in order to make your site accessible.

  
06/21/04
  
Manchester United: top of the web accessibility league?
  
Trenton Moss
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Manchester United have received a lot of press coverage for the separate accessible version of their website. Everyone should make a completely separate website for disabled people, right?

  
06/12/04
  
Ten accessibility blunders of the big players
  
Trenton Moss
  
Articles and White Papers
  
More and more countries have passed laws stating that websites must be accessible to blind and disabled people. With this kind of legal pressure, and the many benefits of accessibility, the big players on the web must surely have accessible websites, right? Let's find out...

  
03/19/04
  
Accessible Pop-up Links
  
Caio Chassot
  
Steps and Presentations
  
Sometimes we have to use pop-ups — so we might as well do them right. This article will show you how to make them more accessible and reliable while simplifying their implementation.

  
06/17/03
  
Unlocking Hidden Navigation Access Keys
  
Stuart Robertson
  
Steps and Presentations
  
WHO CAN USE YOUR WEBSITE? People with limited mobility may have a hard time controlling a mouse to click on links, and tabbing through menus can be slow going.

  
06/08/03
  
Opening the web to all
  
BBC News
  
Articles and White Papers
  
As the public sector rushes to put its services online, making sure they are accessible to all is becoming a key priority.

  
04/07/03
  
Alternative Interfaces for Accessibility
  
Jakob Nielsen
  
Articles and White Papers

  
02/05/03
  
Accountability of Accessibility and Usability
  
Anitra Pavka
  
Articles and White Papers

  
01/30/03
  
Designing and Understanding Accessible WWW Pages
  
The Alliance for Technology Access
  
Articles and White Papers

  
10/14/02
  
Making Flash Usable for Users With Disabilities
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers

  
04/21/02
  
How to Create Accessible Acrobat PDF files
  
Paul Bohman
  
Articles and White Papers

  
02/03/02
  
Localization and accessibility
  
Joe Clark
  
Case Studies and reports

  
11/11/01
  
Beyond Accessibility: Treating Users with Disabilities as People
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers

  
06/13/99
  
Disabled Accessibility: The Pragmatic Approach
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers
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