Design Accessible Web Sites: 36 Keys to Creating Content for All Audiences and Platforms (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – 15 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Jeremy J. Sydik is Director of Research Technology Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Instructional Innovation. With a background in computer science and cognitive psychology, he has over ten years of experience in developing high-quality (accessible!) user interfaces to improve learning of abstract concepts.
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The order in which the information is presented in this book makes the book easy to use regardless of the type of web site that you are creating. The aspects of accessibility that apply to all web sites are dealt with in the earlier part of the book where such things as colour selection to allow people who are colour-blind to still read the page and how to make the page usable forr people without a mouse are covered. When to use tables and how to make them accessible when you do use them is also covered in the early part of the book. The middle part of the book covers accessibility for a variety of technologies that only some web sites use providing the information that you need if you are using those technologies. The section at the back covers the current and proposed accessibility guidelines and steps you through what those guidelines actually mean. Some of the guidelines relate to proposed technologies that never actually eventuated or specify how things needed to be done to make pages accesssible in really old browsers that no one uses any more and the book makes it clear how the guidelines actually specified when certain methods would be no longer applicable.
This is an excellent book on how to make any web site more accessible. I do suggest however that reading the book through from start to finish is not the best way of benefitting from this book as reading the book that way it tends to become repetitive and boring. Instead you should start by reading part one and then read the other parts of the book as you find a need.
It concentrates mainly on the U.S. accessibility requirements, but it also covers what you need around the world.
Most importantly, Jeremy stresses that making your web sites accessible makes them easier for EVERYONE to navigate, not just those individuals with special access needs, and that is a bonus for everyone!
Some other books are better on regulatory issues and others on multimedia items like Flash since the focus here is web site design. That said, it's a great read for web site design and web standards work. For that it's first rate, with modern techniques and consideration of the future of accessibility issues (AJAX, WCAG 2), and with a breadth and richness of subject matter.
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