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Joshue O. Connor
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1 Mar 2012 1430241942 978-1430241942 New
Pro HTML5 Accessibility helps designers come to grips with building exciting, accessible and usable web sites and applications with HTML5. The book covers how to use HTML5 in order to serve the needs of people with disabilities and older persons using assistive technology (AT). It aims to be a useful 'go-to' guide, providing practical advice. It takes several approaches, including a look at the new semantics of HTML5 and how to combine its use with authoring practices you know from using earlier versions of HTML. It also demonstrates how HTML5 content is currently supported (or not) by assistive technologies such as screen readers, and what this means practically for accessibility in your web projects. The HTML5 specification is huge, with new APIs and patterns that can be difficult to understand. Accessibility can also seem complex and nuanced if you have no experience interacting with people with disabilities. This book walks you though the process of designing exciting user interfaces that can potentially be used by everyone, regardless of ability. Accessibility is really a quality design issue, and getting it right is often more a matter of approach than having sophisticated, cutting-edge tools at your disposal. This book will be your companion in your journey to understand both HTML5 and accessibility, as the author has many years of experience as a designer and web developer working directly with people with all types of disabilities. He has been involved with the development of HTML5 from an accessibility perspective for many years, as a member of the W3C WAI Protocols and Formats working group (which is responsible for ensuring W3C specifications are serving the needs of people with disabilities) as well as the HTML5 Working Group itself. Introduces the new HTML5 specification from an accessibility perspective Shows how incorporating accessibility into your interfaces using HTML5 can have benefit

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; New edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430241942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430241942
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joshue O Connor is senior accessibility consultant with NCBI's Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT) and is a leading expert on accessibility and digital inclusion. He is skilled in the design and development of accessible websites/applications due to many years of experience working with people with disabilities. He is a member of several W3C working groups and has written research papers on topics relating to accessibility and web development as well as a book on the open source CMS Joomla, called Joomla Accessibility. He has a master of science degree in computing (assistive technology and universal design). When not playing some jazzy guitar, cooking vegetarian Indian food or twiddling in his recording studio, he drums and sings with 'The Cookie Monsters' (www.techrecord.net).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book; bad publisher and technical editor 11 Dec 2012
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Pro HTML5 Accessibility is an exhaustive book. Author Joshue O Connor is senior accessibility consultant with National Council for the Blind of Ireland's Centre for Inclusive Technology and a stalwart of many W3C working groups.

Don't be afraid of the title. The book doesn't assume that you're a professional accessibility expert - quite the opposite; the first 100 pages don't really deal with HTML5 at all, but survey the landscape of disability, assitive technologies and W3C WAI-ARIA. The last chapters of the book usefully survey testing methodologies and tools which will be invaluable to the lone developer told "oh, and it must be accessible/ DDA-/508-compliant, too".

Joshue does an admirable job of explaining how to use HTML5/ARIA to make sites accessible, and gives a thorough overview of how current browsers communicate new widgets (date pickers, sliders, video controls etc) to assistive technology now, rather than in some glorious unspecified future.

He writes engagingly, too: "Remember that the <div> and <span> elements are semantically neutral elements. They have no meaning, poor things, and are merely empty hooks--ciphers for you to do with what you will. They cheer up to no end when you give them meaning. Existential crisis averted!"

I also appreciated Joshue's pragmatism: "Good semantics are really important, but real-world accessibility is very nuanced--particularly for new content and element types. However, bear in mind that an unencoded ampersand (which will throw a validation error) never resulted in an inaccessible webpage."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of modern web accessibility 12 Oct 2012
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Usually, when a new, interesting and shiny web technology is made available for mainstream web development, web developers descend on it in a blur, excited to make even cooler things than they could before, more efficiently and quickly. At this point, best practices such as supporting older browsers and accessibility are usually thrown out the window until a couple of years later, when common sense kicks back in, and the flaws and caveats start to bubble to the surface.

And this is why I think this book is so useful and important. HTML5 is currently the hot new thing in the world of web, and -- while many of the accessibility best practices we gleaned when using HTML4 can be carried confidently over to HTML5, there are a host of new features in HTML5 that present new accessibility challenges.

This book tells you everything you need to know about HTML5 in the context of making HTML5 features accessible, both in terms of confirming to the WCAG, and on the flip side, maintaining good usability and design sense. Chapter 1 gives a useful summary of where the book is going; Chapter 2 provides a very nicely written summary of the common disability group you need to cater for as a web developer, and the tools they use to aid their usage of the Web.

The next couple of chapters provide a very useful set of guidelines and best practices on how to use JavaScript/DOM sensibly, so that accessibility isn't impaired. A very important technology for making rich JavaScript-powered interfaces accessible is WAI-ARIA, and this is given a thorough treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for great developers 2 Nov 2012
By LJ
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This is a terrific book that explains how to use HTML5 to reach a much wider and more diverse audience. It blends good technical information (based on the author's first hand involvement in the HTML5 specification), and a friendly and approachable style. Pro HTML5 Accessibility should be on every developer's eBook reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of modern web accessibility 12 Oct 2012
By Chris Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Usually, when a new, interesting and shiny web technology is made available for mainstream web development, web developers descend on it in a blur, excited to make even cooler things than they could before, more efficiently and quickly. At this point, best practices such as supporting older browsers and accessibility are usually thrown out the window until a couple of years later, when common sense kicks back in, and the flaws and caveats start to bubble to the surface.

And this is why I think this book is so useful and important. HTML5 is currently the hot new thing in the world of web, and -- while many of the accessibility best practices we gleaned when using HTML4 can be carried confidently over to HTML5, there are a host of new features in HTML5 that present new accessibility challenges.

This book tells you everything you need to know about HTML5 in the context of making HTML5 features accessible, both in terms of conforming to the WCAG, and on the flip side, maintaining good usability and design sense. Chapter 1 gives a useful summary of where the book is going; Chapter 2 provides a very nicely written summary of the common disability groups you need to cater for as a web developer, and the tools they use to aid their usage of the Web.

The next couple of chapters provide a very useful set of guidelines and best practices on how to use JavaScript/DOM sensibly, so that accessibility isn't impaired. A very important technology for making rich JavaScript-powered interfaces accessible is WAI-ARIA, and this is given a thorough treatment.

Chapters 5-8 then provide a thorough reference to all the new HTML5 features, and how they can be made accessible, starting with HTML5 semantics (including more WAI-ARIA information), and moving on to <canvas>, multimedia, tables and forms. It is really great to see some of the really cool HTML accessibility goodies, like the <track> elements for attaching text tracks to video/audio, given some good coverage.

The last two chapters then round the book off nicely with useful tips on user-centred design, user testing, and the best tools with which to test the accessibility of your web projects.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important for Any Web Professional 13 Oct 2012
By Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is comprehensive and very important for any web developer and web designer. The read was excellent and contains many references and appropriate code examples. I wrote a full review on my blog Web Axe at bit.ly/SVpEhX
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 1 Jun 2013
By Christopher Loiselle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is nothing short of amazing. Very well written and high quality information. Josh is not only a great author, but makes a difference by giving real world examples. I have used his advice with my own design and development ideas. His knowledge base within Accessibility is something that we all drive for. He's a great resource and should be recognized for his efforts as it relates to HTML 5 and Accessibility. He and his book are top notch.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book about Emerging Technology and Accessibility 9 Jan 2013
By Michael Burks - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent. As an accessibility analyst I found it to be highly informative and extremely well written. The author did a terrific job! I highly recommend it to all developers so they can learn about the excellent ways to make HTML 5 accessible and usable by everyone.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been Waiting for this Book 17 July 2012
By L. Mayo - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, a web development book that educates about accessibility challenges while providing the most current solutions using the latest technologies.
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